Tag Archives: Alice Neel

ALICE NEEL — FREEDOM

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.

ALICE NEEL—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.

MICHEL AUDER — FICTIONAL ART FILM

Alice Neel, Bill T. JonesAndy WarholTaylor MeadJohn Ashbery, Annie SprinkleDavid Hammons, VivaHannah 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.

MICHEL AUDER—FICTIONAL ART FILM

Through February 24.

Gavin Brown’s Enterprise

439 West 127th Street, New York City.

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.

HILTON ALS — A COLLECTIVE PORTRAIT OF JAMES BALDWIN

“Troubled times get the tyrants and prophets they deserve. During our current epoch, the revival of interest in author James Baldwin has been particularly intense. This is in part due, of course, to his ability to analyze and articulate how power abuses through cunning and force and why, in the end, it’s up to the people to topple kingdoms.

“As a galvanizing humanitarian force, Baldwin is now being claimed as a kind of oracle. But by claiming him as such, much gets erased about the great artist in the process, specifically his sexuality and aestheticism, both of which informed his politics.” — Hilton Als*

GOD MADE MY FACE—A COLLECTIVE PORTRAIT OF JAMES BALDWIN—a group show curated by Hilton Als, featuring the work of Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Alvin Baltrop, Beauford Delaney, Marlene Dumas, Ja’Tovia Gary, Glenn Ligon, Alice Neel, Cameron Rowland, Kara WalkerJane Evelyn Atwood, and James Welling—is on view through mid-February.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the Metrograph and Als will present a series of films featuring Baldwin through the years, at home and abroad.

GOD MADE MY FACE—

A COLLECTIVE PORTRAIT OF JAMES BALDWIN*

Through February 16.

David Zwirner

525 and 533 West 19th Street, New York City.

HILTON ALS ON JAMES BALDWIN FILM SERIES

Friday and Saturday, February 1 and 2.

Metrograph

7 Ludlow Street, New York City.

See “The Energy of Joy: Hilton Als in conversation with David Bridel and Mary-Alice Daniel,” PARIS LA 16 (2019): 217–221.

From top: Marlene Dumas, James Baldwin, 2014, from the Great Men series exhibited at Manifesta 10 in St. Petersburg, image credit: Marlene Dumas and Bernard Ruijgrok PiezographicsBeauford Delaney, Dark Rapture, 1941, oil on canvas; Alvin Baltrop, The Piers (man sitting), 1975-1986, photograph; Richard AvedonJames Baldwin, writer, Harlem, New York, 1945, © The Richard Avedon Foundation; Ja’Tovia Gary, An Ecstatic Experience, 2015, video still; Jane Evelyn AtwoodJames Baldwin with bust of himself sculpted by Larry Wolhandler, Paris, France, 1975 (detail), gelatin silver print. All images courtesy David Zwirner.

ALICE NEEL, UPTOWN

24NEEL4-master675

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.

davidzwirnerbooks.com/alice-neel-uptown

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.

Image result for alice neel uptown

Neel-Uptown-7-1

Image result for alice neel uptown

lead_960