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Alice Neel: Hot Off the Griddle

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It looks every inch like it was painted today, not nearly half a century ago, such is the extraordinary influence that Neel exerts on contemporary figuration right now, especially in New York. As the 1930s were exploding with cubism and abstraction and geometric modernism, Alice Neel was doing something radical of her own: painting people.

We abide by the Editors’ Code of Practice and are committed to upholding the highest standards of journalism. A year later, Enriquez disappeared without Neel to Cuba with their second daughter, leaving the artist heartbroken and on the verge of suicide. These early-ish paintings are dark and weird, capturing the bohemian eccentricity of downtown New York.Those brownish-black eyes confront us with a glare that is vulnerable yet not uninviting, as though she is too afraid to ask: “who the hell are you? A radical, creative artist undervalued for much of her six-decade career, Neel dedicated her life to producing vital, revealing portraits of New York’s bohemian scene.

Even with Georgie’s determined stare, tight posture, and the way he firmly wields his ‘weapon,’ there is a tenderness to Neel’s portrait. The Galleries are a stimulating place for students to experience major artworks from some of the world’s leading visual artists and learn about contemporary and modern art. Neel presumably paints him because he is a subject whose commitment to class struggle she thinks worthy of representation. id=GTM-PWMWG4" height="0" width="0" style="display:none;visibility:hidden">

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