Atkinson Fine Art
Atkinson Fine Art

Tournament Golf

Tournament Golf

Published 1974.
Limited Edition Serigraph.
Image Area Dimensions 22.5″ x 32.”
Numbered 300 pieces.
Signed and numbered by LeRoy Neiman.
Gallery Retail $7,000.

The 1974 U.S. Open is the one called “The Massacre at Winged Foot,” a nicknamed coined by sportscaster Dick Schaap to describe what many of the golfers who played it remember as a tournament with brutal scoring conditions.  Hale Irwin Survived the ‘Massacre’ to Win 1974 U.S. Open

In the final round, Irwin and Watson were tied for the lead after eight holes, but Irwin’s birdie on No. 9 gave him a lead he never relinquished. Irwin reached the 72nd hole with a 2-stroke margin over Forrest Fezler and Lou Graham (who won the next year at the 1975 U.S. Open). Irwin successfully negotiated Winged Foot’s treacherous 18th — the hole where Phil Mickelsonblew up and lost the 2006 U.S. Open — with his stock-in-trade, an expertly played long iron shot to the green. Irwin two-putted for par to close out a 73 and win the championship at 7-over 287.

“Now that I’ve won one,” Irwin said in the post-tournament news conference, “I want to do something bigger, like two major championships.”  And he did: three majors. Irwin won the U.S. Open again in 1979 and 1990, won 20 PGA Tour titles total, and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 1992.

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LeRoy Neiman was born in St. Paul, Minnesota and studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, De Paul University, and the University of Illinois.He taught at the Art Institute of Chicago’s school for ten years. Neiman moved to New York City in 1963 when he had his first one-man show at the Hammer Gallery. He then continued to portray the people and events of the world he knew best, or which intrigued him most. His best-known works are sports scenes, a reflection, he believes, of the fact that sports are universally a dominant force. He was the official artist for ABC-TV at the Olympic Games in 1972 and 1976, and at the Winter Olympics of 1980. Neiman’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the world, including the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. and the Hermitage in Leningrad. Some people will pronouce his name wrong and spell it Nieman, but we know who they are talking about.

LeRoy Neiman passed away in 2012 after over 60 years of publication. His original works have sold for upwards of $750,000 and there is still an active receptive market for his work. Atkinson Fine Art published LeRoy Neiman’s last signed work in 2011, The Grenadier Bar.

Best known for his brilliantly colored, stunningly energetic images of sporting events and leisure activities, his art is unique. It stands alone without any real comparison. It is an art which has become controversial because Neiman has broken the barriers of many of the most hallowed assumptions of modern art history and contemporary criticism. It is an art that is loved by millions of people throughoutAmerica and around the world.

We know LeRoy Neiman’s market like noone else. Whether you are buying or selling, let Atkinson Fine Art serve you in your fine art journey.

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