Eye of the Beholder
The Hall of Famer
1996 by LeRoy Neiman. According to LeRoy Neiman, “For an artist, watching Willie Mays hit a baseball is an experience far more overpowering than painting a beautiful woman or leading political figure.” Neiman conveys that sentiment with an idealized Hall of Famer.
1922 by Gertrude Boyle Kanno. In choosing Christy Mathewson to depict in bronze, Gertrude Boyle Kanno compared him to the Greek athletes of antiquity. “A baseball player”, she noted, “is every bit as picturesque and dramatic a figure as a discus thrower. What we call classic now was for the Athenians progressive, modern art.
Art is in the eye of the beholder. Visit the Museum to view baseball through an artist’s eye.
Sue Mackay is the director of collections at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum strives to:
1. Develop a collection of works of art that represent the passion, talent, depth, history and culture which artists have for the game of baseball.
2. Acquire works of art that contribute to the Museum’s mission of preserving history, honoring excellence, and connecting generations.
3. Collect works of art which reflect the nature of baseball and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.