LEROY NEIMAN ON SAFARI by LeRoy Neiman

LEROY NEIMAN ON SAFARI

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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Neiman's sojourn in the Kenyan savannah yielded plenty of material for his trademark party-colored canvases--lion, elephant, cape buffalo, rhino, cheetah, and the like--creatures who emerge here from a throng of oily daubs, drips, and palette knifings. But these works feel almost too spontaneous, as if dashed off in an obligatory manner. More satisfying are the pen-and-ink and sepia works, which are less self-conscious and display a more fluid and less facile line. Here he captures both aura and gesture: a splay- legged giraffe grazing on grass, a toe-stepping warthog, zebras at full tilt. There are plenty of photos of the man himself-- schmoozing with the Maasai, communing with rhinos, forever sketching--to punctuate the predictable text, which features a lot of huffing and puffing about the mingled fantasy and danger one encounters in a sweeping landscape, before, of course, one toddles back to camp for champagne and fois gras. (100 color illustrations)

Pub Date: April 1st, 1997
ISBN: 0-8109-6332-9
Page count: 168pp
Publisher: Abrams
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 1997