Installation view of the exhibition, Alice Neel, Uptown, curated by Hilton Als, at David Zwirner in New York, dated 2017.

Alice Neel, Uptown curated by Hilton Als

Respected writer and critic Hilton Als curates paintings and drawings Alice Neel (1900-1984) made during the five decades she spent living in Upper Manhattan, first in Spanish Harlem and later the Upper West Side.

One of the foremost American figurative painters of the twentieth century, Neel is known for her portraits of family, friends, neighbors, and locals as well as writers, poets, and other cultural and political figures.

This exhibition highlights the innate diversity of Neel's approach. As Als notes, Neel "was attracted to a world of difference and painted that. Still, her work was not marred by ideological concerns; what fascinated her was the breadth of humanity that she encountered in her studio, on canvas…Alice Neel, Uptown, the first comprehensive look at Neel's portraits of people of color, is an attempt to honor not only what Neel saw, but the generosity behind her seeing."

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Dates
February 23April 22, 2017
Curators
Hilton Als
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A painting by Alice Neel, titled Building in Harlem, dated circa 1945.

Alice Neel

Building in Harlem, c. 1945
Oil on canvas
34 x 24 1/8 inches (86.4 x 61.3 cm)

This building was likely located on East 108th Street and Lexington Avenue. Many of the buildings nearby have since been torn down and replaced. Neel lived in East (Spanish) Harlem from 1938 and 1962, first on East 107th Street, and then, on East 108th Street from 1942 to 1962, before being relocated by her landlord to West 107th Street, on the Upper West Side, just south of Harlem.

A painting by Alice Neel, titled Horace Cayton, dated 1949.

Alice Neel

Horace Cayton, 1949
Oil on canvas
30 1/4 x 24 inches (76.8 x 61 cm)
A painting by Alice Neel, titled Anselmo, dated 1952.

Alice Neel

Anselmo, 1962
Oil on canvas
30 x 22 inches (76.2 x 55.9 cm)
A painting by Alice Neel, titled Two Peurto Rican Boys, dated 1956.

Alice Neel

Two Puerto Rican Boys, 1956
Oil on canvas
32 x 28 inches (81.3 x 71.1 cm)
A painting by Alice Neel, titled Pregnant Maria, dated 1964.

Alice Neel

Pregnant Maria, 1964
Oil on canvas
32 x 47 inches (81.3 x 119.4 cm)
Installation view of the exhibition, Alice Neel, Uptown, curated by Hilton Als, at David Zwirner in New York, dated 2017.
A painting by Alice Neel, titled Armando Perez, dated 1945.

Alice Neel

Armando Perez, 1945
Oil on canvas
30 x 24 1/2 inches (76.2 x 62.2 cm)

Alice Neel

Cyrus, the Gentle Iranian, 1979
Oil on canvas
39 7/8 x 30 1/8 inches (101.3 x 76.5 cm)
A painting by Alice Neel, titled Black Man, dated 1966.

Alice Neel

Black Man, 1966
Oil on canvas
44 x 28 1/8 inches (111.8 x 71.4 cm)
A painting by Alice Neel, titled Stephen Shepard, dated 1978.

Alice Neel

Stephen Shepard, 1978
Oil on canvas
32 x 24 inches (81.3 x 61 cm)
A painting by Alice Neel, titled Ed Sun, dated 1971.

Alice Neel

Ed Sun, 1971
Oil on canvas
42 x 30 inches (106.7 x 76.2 cm)
A drawing by Alice Neel, titled Yumiko Okamura, dated 1976.

Alice Neel

Yumiko Okamura, 1976
Ink on paper
40 x 25 inches (101.6 x 63.5 cm)
Installation view of the exhibition, Alice Neel, Uptown, curated by Hilton Als, at David Zwirner in New York, dated 2017.
Installation view of the exhibition, Alice Neel, Uptown, curated by Hilton Als, at David Zwirner in New York, dated 2017.
Installation view of the exhibition, Alice Neel, Uptown, curated by Hilton Als, at David Zwirner in New York, dated 2017.
Installation view of the exhibition, Alice Neel, Uptown, curated by Hilton Als, at David Zwirner in New York, dated 2017.
Installation view of the exhibition, Alice Neel, Uptown, curated by Hilton Als, at David Zwirner in New York, dated 2017.

In the accompanying publication, Als writes about specific works, introducing the sitters and offering insights into Neel, her work and process while adding his own perspective. Published by David Zwirner Books/Victoria Miro in London, where the show travels in May.

Installation view of Hilton Als walkthrough of the exhibition, Alice Neel, Uptown, curated by Hilton Als, at David Zwirner in New York, dated 2017.

Hilton Als speaking about Alice Neel's work during a preview of the exhibition. Ron Kajiwara (1971) pictured behind

A painting by Alice Neel, titled Mercedes Arroyo, dated 1952.

Alice Neel

Mercedes Arroyo, 1952
Oil on canvas
25 x 24 1/8 inches (63.5 x 61.3 cm)
A painting by Alice Neel, titled Julie and the Doll, dated 1943.

Alice Neel

Julie and the Doll, 1943
Oil on canvas
28 1/8 x 20 1/4 inches (71.4 x 51.4 cm)
A painting by Alice Neel, titled Horace Cayton, dated 1949.

Alice Neel

Horace Cayton, 1949
Oil on canvas
30 1/4 x 24 inches (76.8 x 61 cm)
A painting by Alice Neel, titled Anselmo, dated 1952.

Alice Neel

Anselmo, 1962
Oil on canvas
30 x 22 inches (76.2 x 55.9 cm)
A painting by Alice Neel, titled Armando Perez, dated 1945.

Alice Neel

Armando Perez, 1945
Oil on canvas
30 x 24 1/2 inches (76.2 x 62.2 cm)
A painting by Alice Neel, titled Alice Childress, dated 1950.

Alice Neel

Alice Childress, 1950
Oil on canvas
30 1/8 x 20 1/8 inches (76.5 x 51.1 cm)
A painting by Alice Neel, titled Ballet Dancer, dated 1950.

Alice Neel

Ballet Dancer, 1950
Oil on canvas
20 1/8 x 42 1/8 inches (51.1 x 107 cm)
A painting by Alice Neel, titled Black Spanich-American Family, dated 1950.

Alice Neel

Black Spanish-American Family, 1950
Oil on panel
30 x 22 inches (76.2 x 55.9 cm)
A painting by Alice Neel, titled Building in Harlem, dated circa 1945.

Alice Neel

Building in Harlem, c. 1945
Oil on canvas
34 x 24 1/8 inches (86.4 x 61.3 cm)
A painting by Alice Neel, titled Harold Cruse, dated circa 1950.

Alice Neel

Harold Cruse, c. 1950
Oil on canvas
31 x 22 inches (78.7 x 55.9 cm)
A painting by Alice Neel, titled Spanish Woman, dated circa 1950.

Alice Neel

Spanish Woman, c. 1950
Oil on canvas
38 x 22 inches (96.5 x 55.9 cm)
A painting by Alice Neel, titled Two Peurto Rican Boys, dated 1956.

Alice Neel

Two Puerto Rican Boys, 1956
Oil on canvas
32 x 28 inches (81.3 x 71.1 cm)
A painting by Alice Neel, titled Rudolph Christian, dated 1951.

Alice Neel

Rudolph Christian, 1951
Oil on canvas
30 1/4 x 24 1/8 inches (76.8 x 61.3 cm)
A drawing by Alice Neel, titled Georgie, dated 1950.

Alice Neel

Georgie, 1950
Ink on paper
11 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches (29.2 x 21.6 cm)
A drawing by Alice Neel, titled Georgie, dated 1958.

Alice Neel

Georgie, 1958
Ink on paper
11 1/2 x 8 3/4 inches (29.2 x 22.2 cm)
A drawing by Alice Neel, titled Georgie Arce, dated 1955.

Alice Neel

Georgie Arce, 1955
Ink on paper
8 3/4 x 11 1/2 inches (22.2 x 29.2 cm)
A painting by Alice Neel, titled Georgie Arce, dated 1955.

Alice Neel

NEEAL0478, 1955
Oil on canvas
25 x 15 inches (63.5 x 38.1 cm)
A drawing by Alice Neel, titled Georgie Arce, dated 1952.

Alice Neel

Georgie Arce, 1952
Ink and gouache on paper
13 7/8 x 10 7/8 inches (35.2 x 27.6 cm)
A drawing by Alice Neel, titled Two Girls, dated 1954.

Alice Neel

Two Girls, 1954
Ink and gouache on paper
29 1/4 x 21 1/2 inches (74.3 x 54.6 cm)
A painting by Alice Neel, titled Benjamin, dated 1976.

Alice Neel

Benjamin, 1976
Acrylic on board
29 7/8 x 20 3/4 inches (75.9 x 52.7 cm)
A drawing by Alice Neel, titled Yumiko Okamura, dated 1976.

Alice Neel

Yumiko Okamura, 1976
Ink on paper
40 x 25 inches (101.6 x 63.5 cm)

Alice Neel

Cyrus, the Gentle Iranian, 1979
Oil on canvas
39 7/8 x 30 1/8 inches (101.3 x 76.5 cm)
A painting by Alice Neel, titled Black Man, dated 1966.

Alice Neel

Black Man, 1966
Oil on canvas
44 x 28 1/8 inches (111.8 x 71.4 cm)
A painting by Alice Neel, titled Ron Kajiwara, dated 1971.

Alice Neel

Ron Kajiwara, 1971
Oil on canvas
67 7/8 x 35 1/8 inches (172.4 x 89.2 cm)
A painting by Alice Neel, titled Stephen Shepard, dated 1978.

Alice Neel

Stephen Shepard, 1978
Oil on canvas
32 x 24 inches (81.3 x 61 cm)
A painting by Alice Neel, titled Woman, dated 1966.

Alice Neel

Woman, 1966
Oil on canvas
46 x 31 inches (116.8 x 78.7 cm)
A painting by Alice Neel, titled The Arab, dated 1976.

Alice Neel

The Arab, 1976
Oil on canvas
44 1/8 x 32 1/8 inches (112.1 x 81.6 cm)
A painting by Alice Neel, titled Pregnant Maria, dated 1964.

Alice Neel

Pregnant Maria, 1964
Oil on canvas
32 x 47 inches (81.3 x 119.4 cm)

Alice Neel

Abdul Rahman, 1964
Oil on canvas
49 3/8 x 37 1/2 inches (125.4 x 95.3 cm)
A painting by Alice Neel, titled Ed Sun, dated 1971.

Alice Neel

Ed Sun, 1971
Oil on canvas
42 x 30 inches (106.7 x 76.2 cm)
A painting by Alice Neel, titled Ian and Mary, dated 1971.

Alice Neel

Ian and Mary, 1971
Oil on canvas
46 x 50 inches (116.8 x 127 cm)
A painting by Alice Neel, titled Kanuthia, dated 1973.

Alice Neel

Kanuthia, 1973
Oil on canvas
40 x 30 inches (101.6 x 76.2 cm)

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