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International Auction ˜ Centaur Art Galleries


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  • 2005
  • Limited edition of 295 (limited edition of 295 numbered impressions; 59 artist proofs; 8 publisher proofs)
  • Signed with pencil LeRoy Neiman, lower right
  • Includes a certificate of authenticity from Centaur Art Galleries

The world’s elite art dealers and exclusive collectors and museums come together for a brief moment to purchase some of the world’s most prized works of art. The fashionable crowd have taken their seats. A brief silence falls upon the room in anticipation for the night to begin. The elegant auctioneer introduces the first treasure on the block – a Renoir. The opening bid is announced at ten million dollars and the international auction ensues. Frantically, the art dealers and the wealthy compete for the coveted prize. Some shout out their bids, others make their offer privately over the phone or from a secret room to keep their identity hidden. Distinguished collectors simply put on their glasses or touch their ear to signal they are in the bidding. Whispers and glances permeate from all directions as curious onlookers attempt to determine the identity of the highest bidder.

Leroy Neiman captures this excitement and drama of the auction market in his April serigraph release, International Auction. With his trademark flair for color, Neiman gives the viewer an all-encompassing portrayal of this high stakes bidding war. He captures the energy and excitement of the auction stage, priceless artwork by the 19th century masters Degas , Modigliani, and Renoir , and the glamorous crowd in the midst of adding another treasure to their important collection.

To quote LeRoy Neiman :

“The moment has come, silence has taken over the room, let the bidding begin and winner take all.”

International Auction adds to Neiman’s diverse range of subject matter and guarantees to be a treasure among his many great masterpieces.

 

International Poker ˜ Centaur Art Galleries


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  • Serigraph
  • Signed pencil “LeRoy Neiman”, lower right
  • Numbered “312/400”, lower left
  • Includes a certificate of authenticity from Centaur Art Galleries
  • DIM: 45 5/8″ H * 55 5/8″ W

 

 

Centaur Galleries proudly announces LeRoy Neiman’s September, 2004 limited edition serigraph release, International Poker.

Recently LeRoy Neiman had occasion to come across an original gambling painting he created in 1971 of a poker game. Struck by the loose freedom of his handling of paint at that time, felt it appropriate to pass the image on to his collectors in the form of a silk screen print as a good example of his work 35 years ago.

Private Rooms of the world’s most exclusive casinos have long been a favorite haunt of our nomadic artist. From Las Vegas and Atlantic City to Monte Carlo and Baden Baden, Neiman is fascinated by high rollers with steel nerves and strong stomachs, challenging the fates in the form of dice, cards or wheels. Some play against the house, as in 21 or baccarat. Others compete against each other, as in poker. In this arena, knowledge of human nature counts for as much as the odds of making a hand. Bluffing is fair play, and a blink or a twitch can give the game away.

In the featured serigraph the artist, as he so often does, conveys the feeling of being a part of the action being right there. Masterfully, his composition also reveals the mind of the high-stakes poker player. The focus of the picture, like that of the players, is the pot, an impressive pile of chips in the center of the table. On the periphery of the player’s attention, are spectators who are only partly depicted, reflecting the lack of interest in them on the part of the players and the viewer. The contenders themselves are portrayed expressionistically, while unmistakably conveying their grave game faces as they calculate odds and assess the competition.

LeRoy Neiman’s popular gaming prints have included Casino, International Roulette, Chemin de Fer, Gaming Table, Vegas Blackjack among others. International Poker is the latest addition to that great tradition and will delight Neiman collectors.

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