In her beautiful, hard, and certain essay, “The Love of God and Affliction,” the religious philosopher Simone Weil said: “The great enigma of human life is not suffering but affliction. It is not surprising that the innocent are killed, tortured, driven from their country, made destitute or reduced to slavery, imprisoned in camps or cells, since there are criminals to perform such actions.” I am certain that Alice Neel, more than many an American artist, had a deep understanding of affliction. She did not use her work to escape it, but rather to plunge further into it—into the trauma of being despised, or forsaken. Indeed, if she had any credo as an artist, it was to show us ourselves, and herself, even when (or especially when) it was dangerous and hard to do so. — Hilton Als*
ICA Boston presents the singular documentary ALICE NEEL—directed by her grandson Andrew. See link below for streaming information.
Over 100 artists and estates have donated works for a fundraiser supporting Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.* Presented on Platform.art—an initiative developed by David Zwirner—participating galleries include Regen Projects, Jack Shainman, Gladstone, Lehmann Maupin, Petzel, and MarianGoodman, as well as Gemini G.E.L.
Following a virtual kickoff earlier this week with vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris, Carrie Mae Weems, and Catherine Opie, the sale is now live. See link below for details.
*Participating artists and estates include Marina Adams, Doug Aitken, Richard Aldrich, JohnBaldessari (donated by Gemini G.E.L.), Alvin Baltrop, Walead Beshty, McArthur Binion, DikeBlair, Sebastian Blanck, Carol Bove, Cecily Brown, George Condo, Patricia Cronin, SarahCrowner, N. Dash, Tara Donovan, Carroll Dunham, Marcel Dzama, William Eggleston, RafaEsparza, Shepard Fairey, Rochelle Feinstein, Radamés “Juni” Figueroa, Spencer Finch, SuzanFrecon, Charles Gaines, Jerrell Gibbs, Sam Gilliam, Joanne Greenbaum, Isca Greenfield-Sanders, Thomas Hager, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Tyler Haughey, Michael Heizer, Carmen Herrera, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Jenny Holzer, Ridley Howard, Alex Hubbard, John Huggins, Ayana V. Jackson, Rashid Johnson, Deborah Kass, KAWS, Ellsworth Kelly, Jon Kessler, Toba Khedoori, Christine Sun Kim, Jeff Koons, Doron Langberg, Liz Larner, Bonnie Lautenberg, An-My Lê, Roy Lichtenstein, Maya Lin, Robert Longo, Emmanuel Lubezki, Brice Marden, Julie Mehretu, Marilyn Minter, Ivan Morley, RebeccaMorris, Vik Muniz, Wangechi Mutu, Jordan Nassar, Alice Neel, Shirin Neshat, CatherineOpie, Angel Otero, Jack Pierson, Lari Pittman, Martin Puryear, Christina Quarles, Robert Rauschenberg (donated by Gemini G.E.L.), Alexis Rockman, Ugo Rondinone, Victoria Roth, Ed Ruscha, Alison Saar, Betye Saar, Fred Sandback, Fanny Sanín, Kenny Scharf, Richard Serra, Cindy Sherman, Amy Sillman, Gary Simmons, Laurie Simmons, Xaviera Simmons, Vaughn Spann, Tavares Strachan, Sarah Sze, Mika Tajima, Kyle Thurman, Fred Tomaselli, Leo Villareal, Charline von Heyl, Carrie Mae Weems, Lawrence Weiner, James Welling, Stanley Whitney, Kehinde Wiley, Chloe Wise, Christopher Wool, Rob Wynne, Lisa Yuskavage, and Andrea Zittel.
Collected in a 600-plus-page volume, this co-publication of Primary Information and PrintedMatter contains all twenty issues of the newsprint magazine edited by Robinson, Edit DeAk, and JoshuaCohn—who would leave after issue 7—between 1973 and 1978.
(DeAk, Robinson, Sol LeWitt, and Lucy Lippard were among Printed Matter’s 1976 co-founders.)
Contributors to ART-RITE included Vito Acconci, Kathy Acker, Bas Jan Ader, Laurie Anderson, David Antin, John Baldessari, Jennifer Bartlett, Gregory Battcock, Lynda Benglis, MelBochner, Christian Boltanski, AA Bronson, Marcel Broodthaers, Trisha Brown, Chris Burden, DanielBuren, Scott Burton, Ulises Carrión, Judy Chicago, Lucinda Childs, Christo, Diego Cortez, Hanne Darboven, Agnes Denes, Ralston Farina, Richard Foreman, Peggy Gale, Gilbert and George, John Giorno, Philip Glass, Leon Golub, Guerrilla Art Action Group, Julia Heyward, NancyHolt, Ray Johnson, Joan Jonas, Richard Kern, Lee Krasner, Shigeko Kubota, Les Levine, SolLeWitt, Lucy Lippard, Babette Mangolte, Brice Marden, Agnes Martin, Gordon Matta-Clark, Rosemary Mayer, Annette Messager, Elizabeth Murray, Alice Neel, Brian O’Doherty, Genesis P-Orridge, Nam June Paik, Charlemagne Palestine, Judy Pfaff, Lil Picard, YvonneRainer, Dorothea Rockburne, Ed Ruscha, Robert Ryman, David Salle, JulianSchnabel, Carolee Schneemann, Richard Serra, Sylvia Sleigh, Jack Smith, Patti Smith, Robert Smithson, Holly Solomon, Naomi Spector, Nancy Spero, Pat Steir, Frank Stella, David Tremlett, Richard Tuttle, Alan Vega, AndyWarhol, William Wegman, Lawrence Weiner, Hannah Wilke, Robert Wilson, and Irene vonZahn.
Alice Neel, Bill T. Jones, Andy Warhol, Taylor Mead, John Ashbery, Annie Sprinkle, David Hammons, Viva, Hannah Wilke, Arthur Aviles, Shirley Clarke, and Willem de Kooning are among the artists, poets, and performers captured on film by their friend Michel Auder during the 1970s and ’80s.
Auder has assembled this footage for his exhibition FICTIONAL ART FILM, now on view in Harlem.
Top two and above: Michel Auder—Fictional Art Film (2019), stills. Middle: Michel Auder—Fictional Art Film, 2019, installation view, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise. Images courtesy the artist and Gavin Brown’s Enterprise.