Alice Neel: Freedom

Helen Molesworth (Text by (Art/Photo Books)) Alice Neel (Artist)
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Product Details

$45.00  $41.40
David Zwirner Books
Publish Date
April 23, 2019
9.2 X 11.2 X 0.7 inches | 2.05 pounds

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About the Author

Alice Neel was born in 1900 in Merion Square, Pennsylvania, and died in 1984 in New York. With a practice spanning from the 1920s to the 1980s, Neel is widely regarded as one of the foremost American painters of the twentieth century. Based in New York, Neel selected her sitters from among her family members, friends, neighbors, and a variety of New Yorkers, and her eccentric portraits are thus a portrayal of, and dialogue with, the city in which she lived. Although she showed sporadically early in her career, from the 1960s onward her work was exhibited widely in the United States. In 1974, she had her first retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.


"Neel's work in 'Freedom' exemplifies her formal skill as a painter, and also her engagement with social issues."--Caroline Goldstein "Artnet News"
"Her work emulates and speaks and lusts out with a sense of humanity that I really admired, and was drawn to."--Jordan Casteel "The New York Times, T Magazine"
"The artist's lines are her signature: radical, sharp, freezing the sitters in their rawest reality." Milena Oldfield--Milena Oldfield "Flash Art"
"Davie Zwirner hosts a stereotypically masterful reclamation of the painter's works on paper with an emphasis on the bare form."--Staff "Cultured Magazine"
"Freedom presents paintings and works on paper by one of the most thrilling and iconoclastic American figurative painters of the 20th century: Alice Neel."--Sharmistha Ray "Ocula"
"Alice Neel was always ahead of her time... Neel didn't just paint women... she painted humanity."--Ann Binlot "Document Journal"
"The struggles of working artists are well-known, but, in recent years, attention has been given to mother-artists. 'Freedom' is a welcome addition to this ongoing conversation and is unabashed in its messiness..."--Connor Goodwin "Blouin Artinfo"
"Innumerable nudes are scattered across millennia of art history, but none look like Alice Neel's."--Staff "The Paris Review"