David Zwirner is pleased to present an exhibition of portraits and still lifes by Alice Neel, on view at the gallery's 533 West 19th Street space. This is the second solo exhibition of Neel's work since David Zwirner started representing her Estate in 2008.
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.
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