Alice Neel: Freedom
One of the foremost American figurative painters of the twentieth century, it is
not surprising that Alice Neel was a humanist—she was fascinated by people.
Known for her daringly honest portraits, Neel loved to paint people in all their
complexities—to penetrate and reveal their fears and anxieties, how they defiance
and survival. She also loved to paint the unadorned human figure. Her nudes, in
particular, explore the body with frankness while celebrating the individuality of
each of her subjects, and they exemplify the freedom and courage with which
she approached her work and her life.
Through her paintings and works on paper, Neel was able to free herself from
the expected inhibitions and crippling taboos that were placed on women and
focus on the beauty and nuanced complexity of flesh and the human body. In
their mastery of form, color, and implied social commentary, her nudes are as
relevant today as when they were painted.
Freedom documents the solo exhibition of the artist’s work at David Zwirner in
New York in 2019. Including works that span the 1920s to the 1980s, this
presentation focuses primarily on the nude figure—whether male or female, adult or
child—and demonstrates how Neel rebelled against and challenged the traditional
perceptions of sexuality, motherhood, and beauty in our society. The catalogue
includes newly commissioned scholarship by Helen Molesworth and an introduction
by Ginny Neel of The Estate of Alice Neel.
ISBN : 978-1-941701-98-0
페이지 : 112 page
사이즈 : 21.6 × 26.7 cm
표지 : Hardcover
언어 : English