The Life and Work of Alice Neel

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Phoebe Hoban discusses the artist Alice Neel, who was unconventional both in her life and her work. The biography Alice Neel: The Art of Not Sitting Pretty tells the story of Neel’s life and the portraits she painted, which portray a universe of powerful personalities and document an age—she painted through the Depression, McCarthyism, the Civil Rights Movement, the sexual revolution, feminism, and the 1980s.

© The Estate of Alice Neel, Courtesy David Zwirner, New York
Richard, 1946

Oil on canvas
26 x 14 inches
66 x 35.6 cm

© The Estate of Alice Neel, Courtesy David Zwirner, New York
Jackie Curtis and Rita Redd, 1970

Oil on canvas
60 x 42 inches
152.4 x 106.7 cm

© The Estate of Alice Neel, Courtesy David Zwirner, New York
The Family (John Gruen, Jane Wilson and Julia), 1970

Oil on canvas
58 x 60 inches
147.3 x 152.4 cm

© The Estate of Alice Neel, Courtesy David Zwirner, New York
The Intellectual, 1929

Watercolor on paper
10 1/2 x 15 inches
26.7 x 38.1 cm


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Comments [2]

Maude from Park Slope

Deborah Kass' interpretation of Bourgeois' quote:
Actually, I'd love to hear Leonard Lopate interview NY based artist Deborah Kass. Her opinions about art and the art world (from decades of her experience) are so revealing for me. And she is a trip, like those Ubell guys who talk about house repairs.

Dec. 15 2010 01:55 PM
Maude from Park Slope

Louise Bourgeois: “A woman has no place in the art world unless she proves over and over again she won’t be eliminated.”
I have a girlfriend who is semi-well known in the art world--I can tell you from personal experience that it's absolutely and consistently true that female artists are marginalized. Often in insidious ways. It sounds to like Leonard is reluctant to admit how bad the problem is. I work in publishing and I don't think the problem is nearly as bad as in the art world, not sure why this is. It's incredibly frustrating.

Dec. 15 2010 01:40 PM

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