Mousse Magazine: How does Alice Neel in New Jersey and Vermont represent a specific part of Neel's oeuvre?
Jeremy Lewison: This exhibition reveals a side of Neel that has not been very visible to date. Many exhibitions have included family portraits, certainly, but this one really gives you a sense of place: where Neel was working and how it informed her approach to making portraits. For example Richard (1973) I've seen on a number of occasions in different shows. And it always looks a little bit odd. I've always wondered, "Why did she paint him standing outside in a towel?" But you realize why when you see all the other paintings she made at Spring Lake: it's because there's a very definite sense of place—in Latin the genius loci.