LeRoy Neiman

"The people that love my paintings ... they're spectators, not viewers," LeRoy Neiman once said. "They look at it for the experience and the re-experience for themselves." Those spectators, drawn to Neiman's kinetically colored renderings of sporting events, from the Olympics to heavyweight title fights, helped make him one of the most popular American artists of the past 50 years. Neiman, who died June 20 at 91, was the artist-in-residence for the 1969 Super Bowl--winning New York Jets, sketched the 1972 world chess tournament on live television and drew Muhammad Ali so many times that the two collaborated on a book.

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