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Two years after Alice Neel, Uptown, David Zwirner presents ALICE NEEL—FREEDOM, another great exhibition of the painter’s work, this time focused on Neel’s portrayal of the nude figure.

The show’s catalogue features contributions by Marlene Dumas, Helen Molesworth, and Ginny Neel, Alice’s daughter-in-law and the organizer of FREEDOM.


Through April 13.

David Zwirner

537 West 20th Street, New York City.

From top: Alice Neel, Pregnant Julie and Algis, 1967; Alice Neel, Degenerate Madonna, 1930; Alice Neel, Untitled (Alice Neel and John Rothschild in the Bathroom), 1935; Alice Neel, Bronx Bacchus, 1929; Alice Neel, Joe Gould, 1933. All artwork © The Estate of Alice Neel, courtesy The Estate of Alice Neel and David Zwirner.



Last year Hilton Als curated an exhibition of paintings and drawings by Alice Neel for David Zwirner in New York City (the show then traveled to Victoria Miro in London). The catalogue of paintings is accompanied by Hilton’s subjective texts on art, race, gender, Neel, and the city.

“In ALICE NEEL, UPTOWN, Als brings together a body of paintings and works on paper of African-Americans, Latinos, Asians, and other people of color for the first time. Highlighting the innate diversity of Neel’s approach, the selection looks at those whose portraits are often left out of the art-historical canon and how this extraordinary painter captured them…

“A contemporary and personal approach to the artist’s oeuvre, Als’ project is ‘an attempt to honor not only what Neel saw, but the generosity of her seeing.’ ”*


HILTON ALSALICE NEEL, UPTOWN,  forward by Jeremy Lewison (New York: David Zwirner Books, 2017). Available now.


From top: Alice Neel, Georgie Arce, 1955. Alice Neel, Uptown layout (Alice Neel, Call Me Joe, 1955). Alice Neel, Mercedes Arroyo, 1952 (detail). Images courtesy of David Zwirner.

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