January 19, 1981 12:00 PM

Text by F. Lanier Graham

Neiman, the biggest name in art merchandising since Walter Keene and his big-eyed children, grosses a reported $10 million a year. It’s hard to understand why, since to look at a Neiman, even in reproduction, is to get a queasy feeling in the stomach. He doesn’t draw well, and his lines seem weak and nervous. His colors are confusing and garish. Maybe Neiman’s work sells simply because his colors are cheerful and the subjects—tennis, horse racing, football, baseball, etc.—are popular with people who don’t know anything about art. Pink horses, indeed. (Knoedler, $100)

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