About LeRoy Neiman Magic (johnson) Painting
Title: Magic (johnson)
Artist: LeRoy Neiman
Medium: Painting / Print / Poster
This is Neiman's original painting, entitled "Magic," painted by the artist in 1988. Executed at the apex of one of the most compelling personal and team rivalries in sports history, the work depicts legendary combatants Magic Johnson and Larry Bird in action. In August of 2002, the painting was placed on loan to the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. The painting made its debut there on September 5, 2002 on the historic night of Earvin "Magic" Johnson's induction, and resided there until March 2007. Measuring 34 ½" by 51 ½", the oil on canvas painting is artist signed in the lower left and framed. Notations on the back of the canvas include "Best of The West vs. The Beast of The East," the names of the subjects depicted, "Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Abdul-Jabbar, McHale", and the signature of Abdul-Jabbar.