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David Zwirner Books

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Hardcover, 9 x 11 in. / 120 pgs / 127 color / 1 bw.

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Catalog: FALL 2015 p. 120   

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ISBN 9781941701133 TRADE
List Price: $45.00 CDN $60.00

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New York
David Zwirner, 02/19/15-04/18/15

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Alice Neel: Drawings and Watercolors 1927-1978

Text by Jeremy Lewison, Claire Messud.

"Olivia and Elizabeth" (1978) is reproduced from <I>Alice Neel: Drawings and Watercolors 1927-1978</I>.Drawing was a fundamental, stand-alone component of New York artist Alice Neel's practice, persistently pursued alongside the figurative painting for which she is primarily known. As a medium, it enabled her to capture the immediacy of her visual experience--whether in front of her sitters or on the city streets--while also affording her a greater sense of experimentation and informality. Neel chose the subjects for both her paintings and drawings from her family, friends and a broad variety of fellow New Yorkers: writers, poets, artists, students, textile salesmen, cabaret singers and homeless bohemians.
Through her penetrative, forthright and at times humorous touch, her work subtly engages with political and social issues, including gender, racial inequality and labor struggles. Not initially intended for public view, her drawings reveal a more private and intimate nature than her paintings and reflect her deep sensitivity to these subjects.
Alice Neel: Drawings and Watercolors 1927-1978 presents an illuminating overview of the variety of themes and styles employed by the artist across five decades. The book contains over 60 color plates organized thematically and includes works selected from throughout her career. In addition, it features essays by the independent curator and writer Jeremy Lewison and the award-winning novelist Claire Messud, as well as a selected chronological biography and illustrated list of works.

"Olivia and Elizabeth" (1978) is reproduced from Alice Neel: Drawings and Watercolors 1927-1978.

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

The New York Review of Books

J. Hoberman

Neel’s works on paper are spontaneous, intimate, and mordantly observant.

The New York Times

Holland Cotter

Her drawings and watercolors, or at least the 62 in this absorbing show, are closer to diary entries. Ruminative, confiding, sometimes startlingly unguarded in emotion, they add up to a self-portrait sketched in private over some 50 years.

New York Magazine

Jerry Saltz

In a gathering of beautiful small drawings and watercolors—many of them done when she was young and living in Harlem with a series of lovers—Alice Neel's virtuosity resonates. She reveals, revels, and takes solace in the secret garden of deeply human, intimate moments between lovers, and her touch allows you just far enough into the work to let you know that all of this was real.

Alice Neel: Drawings and Watercolors 1927-1978

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Temporarily out of stock pending additional inventory.

FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 4/9/2015

In the News: Alice Neel Drawings and Watercolors 1927-1978

In the News: Alice Neel Drawings and Watercolors 1927-1978

Published to accompany the show on view at David Zwirner through April 18, Alice Neel: Drawings and Watercolors 1927-1978 is a gem. Reviews for the show have popped up everywhere from The New York Times to The New York Review of Books. In New York Magazine, Jerry Salz writes, "In a gathering of beautiful small drawings and watercolors—many of them done when she was young and living in Harlem with a series of lovers—Alice Neel's virtuosity resonates. She reveals, revels, and takes solace in the secret garden of deeply human, intimate moments between lovers, and her touch allows you just far enough into the work to let you know that all of this was real."
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