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Jess Johnson: Worlds Within Worlds Ocula Conversation Jess Johnson: Worlds Within Worlds

Geometric patterns, anthropomorphic characters, architectural spatial environments, and relics of the ancient world appear throughout Jess Johnson's artworks.Johnson's solo art-ventures began in drawing, but her long-term collaborative relationship with animator Simon Ward brings her drawings to life in videos and virtual reality. The animator has...

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Melati Suryodarmo: Performance Art as Trigger Ocula Conversation Melati Suryodarmo: Performance Art as Trigger

In 2012, Melati Suryodarmo opened Studio Plesungan in her native Surakarta, also known as Solo, the historic royal capital of the Mataram Empire of Java in Indonesia. Suryodarmo had returned to Indonesia from Germany, where she studied Butoh and choreography with Butoh dancer and choreographer Anzu Furukawa, time-based media with avantgarde...

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Lagos Biennial 2019: Stories from Africa’s most Populous City Ocula Report Lagos Biennial 2019: Stories from Africa’s most Populous City 15 Nov 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Under the direction of Folakunle Oshun, the second edition of the Lagos Biennial (26 October–23 November 2019) includes works by over 40 Lagos-based and international artists, architects, and collectives. Curated by architect Tosin Oshinowo, curator and producer Oyindamola Fakeye, and assistant curator of photography at the Art Institute of...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight | Video
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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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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Sol Alkaitis by Alice Neel contemporary artwork
Alice NeelSol Alkaitis, 1965 Oil on canvas
39 3/4 x 26 5/8 inches
David Zwirner
David McKee and his first wife Jane by Alice Neel contemporary artwork
Alice NeelDavid McKee and his first wife Jane, 1968 Oil on canvas
151.8 x 101.6 cm
Xavier Hufkens
Ed Meschi by Alice Neel contemporary artwork
Alice NeelEd Meschi, 1933 Oil on canvas
67 x 62.2 cm
Xavier Hufkens
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
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

Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, In Honor of the New MoMA at Cheim & Read, New York
Opening Soon
21 November 2019–1 February 2020 Group Exhibition In Honor of the New MoMA Cheim & Read, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Alice Neel, Freedom at David Zwirner, New York
Closed
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

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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 Video & Audio

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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