Published by David Zwirner Books. Introduction by Ginny Neel. Text by Helen Molesworth. Contribution by Marlene Dumas.
One of the foremost American figurative painters of the 20th century, Alice Neel (1900–84) 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. 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. This book 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 catalog includes newly commissioned scholarship by Helen Molesworth and a foreword by Ginny Neel of the Estate of Alice Neel.
Published by David Zwirner Books. Text by Jeremy Lewison, Claire Messud.
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.
Published by The Nordic Watercolour Museum. Preface by Bera Nordal. Text by Jeremy Lewison.
The art of Alice Neel (1900–1984) distinguished itself from that of her American contemporaries by the special intimacy of its style, in which her drawing practice was a decisive factor. Though somewhat less known than her paintings, Neel’s drawings and watercolors articulate an array of influences--German Expressionist and Neue Sachlichkeit painting, the Ashcan School, an early sojourn in Cuba--that accompanied her through her tentative beginnings in the mid-1920s through to the maturity of her art after the Second World War, when she found room to accommodate abstraction and Pop art. This volume, published for the first European exhibition of Neel’s works on paper, spans the years 1926 to 1982, and gathers color and ink-only portraits and street scenes, as well as her illustrations for an edition of Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov.
PUBLISHER The Nordic Watercolour Museum
BOOK FORMAT Clth, 8 x 9 in. / 96 pgs / 95 color.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 9/30/2014 Active
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: SPRING 2014 p. 124
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9789189477537TRADE List Price: $40.00 CDN $54.00 GBP £35.00
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Published by David Zwirner Books. Text by Tim Griffin.
Alice Neel (1900–1984) is widely considered one of the greatest portraitists of the twentieth century. Published on the occasion of a solo exhibition at David Zwirner, New York, this beautifully designed book presents a selection of portraits and still lifes from the last two decades of the artist’s life. Called “the pre-eminent painter-chronicler of New York bohemia” by Deborah Solomon of The New York Times, Neel remains a hero to many of today’s most influential figurative painters, including Eric Fischl, Elizabeth Peyton and Marlene Dumas--as much for the emotional and psychological intensity of her work as for her exemplary fearlessness.