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Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber Ocula Report Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber 15 Mar 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

In Meiro Koizumi's three-channel video installation, The Angels of Testimony (2019), the central frame features an interview with Hajime Kondo about his time as a solider of the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The conversation centres on war crimes perpetrated in China, including the beheading of Chinese prisoners for...

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Diana Campbell Betancourt Ocula Conversation Diana Campbell Betancourt

Diana Campbell Betancourt is a curator working predominantly across South and Southeast Asia. Since 2013 she has been the founding artistic director of the Samdani Art Foundation and chief curator of the Dhaka Art Summit in Dhaka, Bangladesh, a transnational art event that has grown in size and scale ever since its first edition in 2012. Backed by...

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Chinternet Ugly at Manchester’s Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art Ocula Report Chinternet Ugly at Manchester’s Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art 7 Mar 2019 : Mike Pinnington for Ocula

China, home to 802 million internet users, is subject to sophisticated online censorship. This shrouded state of affairs, unsurprisingly perhaps, serves to reinforce stereotypes around conformity elsewhere. Any realm, digital or otherwise, subject to such strict scrutiny must necessarily be bland and uncritical, right? I was mulling over such...

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Alice Neel

(1900 - 1984), USA

With a practice spanning the 1920s to the 1980s, Alice Neel (1900-1984) is widely regarded as one of the greatest figurative painters of the twentieth century. Based in New York City, Neel chose her subjects from her family, friends, and a broad variety of locals: writers, poets, artists, students, textile salesmen, psychologists, cabaret singers, and homeless bohemians. Her eccentric selection was thus also a portrayal of, and dialogue with, the city in which she lived. Through her forthright and at times humorous touch, her work engaged with ongoing political and social issues, including gender, racial inequality, and labor struggles.

Featured Artworks

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Nancy Selvage by Alice Neel contemporary artwork Alice NeelNancy Selvage, 1966 Oil on canvas
91.7 x 61.3 x 2 cm
Xavier Hufkens
Two Women by Alice Neel contemporary artwork Alice NeelTwo Women, 1932 Graphite on paper
12.38 x 9.12 inches
David Zwirner
Lida, Nude by Alice Neel contemporary artwork Alice NeelLida, Nude, 1960 Oil on canvas
50.25 x 30.12 inches
David Zwirner
Margaret and the Evans Twins by Alice Neel contemporary artwork Alice NeelMargaret and the Evans Twins, 1979 Oil on canvas
31.88 x 44 inches
David Zwirner
Andrew by Alice Neel contemporary artwork Alice NeelAndrew, 1978 Oil on canvas
30 x 24.25 inches
David Zwirner
Still Life Spring Lake by Alice Neel contemporary artwork Alice NeelStill Life Spring Lake, 1969 oil on canvas
75.6 x 101.6 cm
Xavier Hufkens
Richard Gibbs by Alice Neel contemporary artwork Alice NeelRichard Gibbs, 1961 oil on canvas
63.5 x 40.6 cm
Xavier Hufkens
Margaret Rose by Alice Neel contemporary artwork Alice NeelMargaret Rose, 1975 Oil on canvas
129.5 x 83.8 cm
Victoria Miro

Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Alice Neel, Freedom at David Zwirner, New York
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26 February–13 April 2019 Alice Neel Freedom David Zwirner, 20th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Alice Neel, Alice Neel in New Jersey and Vermont at Xavier Hufkens, Brussels
Closed
26 October–8 December 2018 Alice Neel Alice Neel in New Jersey and Vermont Xavier Hufkens, 6 rue St-Georges, Brussels
Contemporary art exhibition, Alice Neel, Uptown at Victoria Miro, Venice
Closed
15 July–16 September 2017 Alice Neel Uptown Victoria Miro, Venice

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Armory Week Lowdown: Shows to See Ocula Report Armory Week Lowdown: Shows to See 2 Mar 2019 : Sharmistha Ray for Ocula

The Armory Show opens to the public on 7 March (running to 10 March 2019)—just about a week after the fair relocated a portion of its 194 exhibitors due to structural issues found in Pier 92, forcing its sister fair Volta to cancel its 2019 show so that Armory could occupy its Pier 90 venue. Despite the upheaval, New York's art week is going...

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In Related Press

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Conversations: A Sense of Place: Jeremy Lewison on Alice Neel Related Press Conversations: A Sense of Place: Jeremy Lewison on Alice Neel Mousse Magazine : 14 December 2018

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...

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Mid-century Harlem through the eyes of Alice Neel Related Press Mid-century Harlem through the eyes of Alice Neel Apollo Magazine : 9 June 2017

In 1938 the Pennsylvania-born artist Alice Neel moved from fashionable Greenwich Village in downtown Manhattan to Spanish Harlem, where she lived for four years in a small apartment before relocating to nearby Upper West Side for two further decades. The downtown crowd did not consider Harlem an appealing area, but Neel didn't seem to mind at all....

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Meet the neighbours: Alice Neel's Harlem portraits Related Press Meet the neighbours: Alice Neel's Harlem portraits The Guardian : 2 May 2017

Alice Neel, born in 1900, and raised in white, middle-class Pennsylvania, moved to Harlem in New York at the age of 38. She was still recovering from the tragedy of her first marriage, which had seen her first daughter die of diphtheria as a baby, and her second daughter abducted and taken to Cuba by her estranged husband. The shock of those events...

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Alice Neel at David Zwirner, New York Related Press Alice Neel at David Zwirner, New York Frieze : 13 April 2017

Alice Neel is hard to place, isn't she? The New York-based painter, who died in 1984, lived uptown most of her life, but many of her most famous subjects hailed from downtown coteries. Neel must have been hip to get Andy Warhol to relax his guard for her well-known shirtless portrait of him (Andy Warhol, 1970): a study in vulnerability, the work is...

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In Related Video

Alice Neel in New Jersey and Vermont — Jeremy Lewison in conversation with Angela Lampe Related Video & Audio Alice Neel in New Jersey and Vermont — Jeremy Lewison in conversation with Angela Lampe Xavier Hufkens : 13 December 2018

Jeremy Lewison, adviser to the Estate of Alice Neel, talks with Angela Lampe, curator of Modern Art at Centre Pompidou, on the occasion of the exhibition 'Alice Neel in New Jersey and Vermont' (26 October—15 December 2018).

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