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LACMA Explores the Allure of Matter Ocula Report LACMA Explores the Allure of Matter 14 Jun 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) (2 June 2019–5 January 2020) is an inter-generational show of 21 Chinese artists working from the 1980s to the present, including Ai Weiwei, Cai Guo-Qiang, Lin Tianmiao, Song Dong, He Xiangyu, Yin Xiuzhen, and Ma Qiusha.Staged on Level 2 of LACMA's Renzo...

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Thomas J Price: Reframing Classical Sculpture Ocula Conversation Thomas J Price: Reframing Classical Sculpture

When the London-born artist Thomas J Price graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Chelsea College of Arts in 2004, the school's college art prize was by no means his most notable accomplishment as an emerging artist. In 2001, Price presented his much-talked-about work Licked, a daring performance, later profiled on the BBC 4 television...

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Art Basel Lowdown: Shows to See Ocula Report Art Basel Lowdown: Shows to See 6 Jun 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

To coincide with Art Basel 2019, which opens to the public from 13 to 16 June, galleries and institutions across the city are presenting a range of stellar exhibitions. From Rebecca Horn at Museum Tinguely to Geumhyung Jeong at Kunsthalle Basel, here is a selection of what to see.William Kentridge, Dead Remus (2014–2016). Charcoal on found ledger...

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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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Nadya Nude by Alice Neel contemporary artwork
Alice NeelNadya Nude, 1933 Oil on canvas
24 x 31 inches
David Zwirner
Poet Mark McCloskey and his Girl by Alice Neel contemporary artwork
Alice NeelPoet Mark McCloskey and his Girl, c. 1967 Oil on canvas
99 x 68.7 x 2.2 cm
Xavier Hufkens
Danny Lasser by Alice Neel contemporary artwork
Alice NeelDanny Lasser, 1932 Oil on canvas
26 x 18 inches
David Zwirner
Nancy Selvage by Alice Neel contemporary artwork
Alice NeelNancy Selvage, 1966 Oil on canvas
91.7 x 61.3 x 2 cm
Xavier Hufkens
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
Childbirth by Alice Neel contemporary artwork
Alice NeelChildbirth, 1939 Oil on canvas
76.2 x 99.1 cm
Victoria Miro

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
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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
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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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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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