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ACTION! The Anatomy of Leroy Neiman's Champions, on view at the Hillstrom Museum of Art November 21, 2016 through January 27, 2017

November 21, 2016 to January 27

The Hillstrom Museum of Art presents Action! The Anatomy of LeRoy Neiman's Champions, on view from November 21, 2016 through January 27, 2017, with an opening reception Monday, November 21, 2016, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

The exhibition was organized by The LeRoy Neiman Foundation, New York, with the Louisiana State University Museum of Art in Baton Rouge.  It includes over 70 works by LeRoy Neiman (1921-2012), all lent by the Neiman Foundation.

Neiman is famed for his colorful, semi-abstract paintings of sports figures, but he also was a master draftsman with an impressive on-the-spot ability to capture the human form in motion.  In his 2012 autobiography All Told, the artist noted that "there are few areas in life where movement, beauty, grace, and the pure joy of energy are as visually expressed as in sports.”  Neiman's works remarkably also suggest the moments before and after what is depicted, a phenomenon described as "a four-dimensional drawing where moments past are invisibly infused into the depiction of the present” in a text by Tomas Vu-Daniel (LeRoy Neiman Professor of Professional Practice in Visual Art, Columbia University) in the catalogue that accompanies the exhibition.  In some works on view, the passage of time is explicitly depicted by multiple images, as in a tennis player who is shown uncoiling his serve or a football offensive tackle bursting into play after the hike.

Among Neiman's artistic influences were artists of New York's Ashcan School, and he cited George Bellows (1882-1925) and his artworks based on observation of sporting events to create artworks as an important precursor to his own practice.  A charcoal and pastel drawing in the Action! exhibit showing Mike Tyson having just knocked down Michael Spinks is closely comparable with Bellow's celebrated boxing images, especially his 1924 painting of Jack Dempsey knocking out Luis Firpo.  Neiman was originally from Minnesota, where one of his first art teachers was Clement Haupers (1900-1982), an artist well known in the state (and a friend of Hillstrom Museum of Art namesake Richard L. Hillstrom).  A group of works by and related to Haupers is being presented as a complement to Action! and includes his 1946 portrait of Neiman, lent by the Neiman Foundation, and landscapes and figure images lent by Mark Forgy and David and Kathryn Gilbertson.

Steven Bond, President of the Neiman Foundation Board, will make comments at the opening reception of the exhibit.  A gallery talk in the Museum featuring Gustavus Adolphus College coaches discussing particular artworks related to their individual sports is planned for Monday, January 9, 2017, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Regular hours for the Hillstrom Museum of Art are weekdays, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and weekends, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.  As with all programs of the Hillstrom Museum of Art, the Action! exhibition, its opening reception, and the related January gallery talk are all free and open to the public.  For additional information about the Museum, visit

Upcoming events
Date Event
Nov 21, 2016 to Jan 27 ACTION! The Anatomy of Leroy Neiman's Champions, on view at the Hillstrom Museum of Art November 21, 2016 through January 27, 2017 Museum of Art
Past events
Date Event
Jan 9 78 pm COACHES GALLERY TALK at the Hillstrom Museum of Art, Monday, January 9, 2017 Museum of Art
Sep 12 to Nov 6, 2016 Hillstrom Museum of Art exhibition Animal and Sporting Paintings in the Penkhus Collection: The Very English Ambience of It All Museum of Art
Sep 12, 2016 79 pm Hillstrom Museum of Art opening reception Monday, September 12, 2016, 7 to 9 p.m. Museum of Art
May 729, 2016 Senior Studio Art Majors Exhibition 2016 on view at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
May 7, 2016 46 pm Opening reception, Senior Studio Art Majors Exhibition 2016 Museum of Art
Feb 15 to Apr 24, 2016 Exhibitions on view at the Hillstrom Museum of Art featuring works by Betsy Ruth Byers, B.J.O. Nordfeldt Museum of Art
Apr 7, 2016 46:30 pm Annual Junior/Sophomore Art Exhibition Opening Reception Gallery, Art Building
Mar 22, 2016 34 pm Babel's Absence: Reconstructions and Reappropriations of an Architectural Archetype. An Illustrated Talk by Kyle Dugdale Lecture Room, Schaefer Fine Arts Center
Feb 25, 2016 3:304:30 pm Öyvind Fahlström - A Roman Artist Hall Room 127
Feb 15, 2016 79 pm Opening reception (7-9 p.m.) and gallery talk (7:30 p.m.) by Betsy Byers at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Oct 18, 2015 3:304:45 pm LEFLER LECTURE by R. Tripp Evans in conjunction with Grant Wood exhibition at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Auditorium, Nobel Hall
Sep 14, 2015 79 pm Opening Reception for Two Exhibitions Museum of Art
May 431, 2015 Free Art Tasting (And False Advertising): Senior Art Majors Exhibition 2015, on view at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
May 2, 2015 46 pm Senior Art Majors Exhibition opening reception at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Feb 23 to Apr 19, 2015 Imagined Worlds, Large and Small: the Photographs of Sarah Hobbs and Lori Nix, and additional exhibitions, at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Mar 27 to Apr 6, 2015 Hillstrom Museum of Art hours during spring break Museum of Art
Nov 24, 2014 to Jan 30, 2015 Hillstrom Museum of Art exhibitions: Fluid Chromatics: Epoxy Paintings by Patrick Blaine, and FOCUS IN/ON: Everett Shinn's Magician with Shears Museum of Art