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Critic's Notebook: LeRoy Neiman made art safe for Playboy-reading heterosexuals
Critic's Notebook: LeRoy Neiman made art safe for Playboy-reading heterosexuals

Without Hugh Hefner's Playboy magazine and its philosophy of unfettered heterosexual hedonism through stimulation of all the senses, there would have been no LeRoy Neiman. Usually mischaracterized as simply a sports artist, he was actually much more than that. Neiman was the painter of the "Playboy Philosophy." To be more specific, he was the artist for Playboy readers afraid that liking art was gay. Obituaries of the artist, who died Wednesday in New York City at 91, have duly noted his friendship with Hefner and longtime work for the magazine, starting in 1954. They met while both were employed by Chicago's Carson Pirie Scott department store — Neiman as a...

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