Installation view of the exhibition Alice Neel: Selected Works, at David Zwirner in New York, dated 2009.

Alice Neel

Selected Works

David Zwirner is pleased to present two concurrent exhibitions of Alice Neel's work, the first since announcing its representation of her Estate: Alice Neel: Selected Works at David Zwirner (533 West 19th Street) and Alice Neel: Nudes of the 1930s at Zwirner & Wirth (32 East 69th Street).

Alice Neel (1900-1984) is widely regarded as one of the most important American painters of the twentieth century. As the American avant-garde of the 1940s and 50s renounced figuration, Neel reaffirmed her signature approach to the human body. Working from life and memory, Neel created daringly honest portraits of her family and friends, downtrodden neighbors and public figures, art-world colleagues and poets, lovers and strangers. Her choice of subjects was a reflection of her personal life and an expression of the political and social milieu in which she lived, rather than an intentional program. Through her choice of subjects, her work was engaged with issues related to gender and racial inequality, family dynamics, labor struggles, and violence. At the same time, her reexamination of the human body paralleled the cultural upheaval of the sexual revolution and women's movement: her work challenged the Western artistic tradition that regarded a woman's proper place in the arts as sitter or muse. Calling herself a "collector of souls," Neel is acclaimed for not only capturing the truth of the individual, but also reflecting the era in which she lived.

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A painting by Alice Neel, titled Ruth Nude, dated 1964.

Alice Neel

Ruth Nude, 1964
Oil on canvas
40 1/8 x 48 inches (101.9 x 121.9 cm) Framed: 43 3/8 x 51 3/8 inches (110.2 x 130.5 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)
Installation view of the exhibition Alice Neel: Selected Works, at David Zwirner in New York, dated 2009.
Installation view of the exhibition Alice Neel: Selected Works, at David Zwirner in New York, dated 2009.
Installation view of the exhibition Alice Neel: Selected Works, at David Zwirner in New York, dated 2009.
Installation view of the exhibition Alice Neel: Selected Works, at David Zwirner in New York, dated 2009.
A painting by Alice Neel, titled Cindy, dated 1960.

Alice Neel

Cindy, 1960
Oil on canvas
28 x 18 inches (71.1 x 45.7 cm)
A painting by Alice Neel, titled Sam and Hartley, circa 1945,

Alice Neel

Sam and Hartley, c.1945
Oil on canvas
30 x 27 inches (76.2 x 68.6 cm)
A painting by Alice Neel, titled The Family (Algis, Julie and Bailey), dated 1968,

Alice Neel

The Family (Algis, Julie and Bailey), 1968
Oil on canvas
59 7/8 x 34 1/4 inches (152.1 x 87 cm)
A painting by Alice Neel, titled Rita and Hubert, dated 1958.

Alice Neel

Rita and Hubert, 1958
Oil on canvas
34 x 40 inches (86.4 x 101.6 cm)
A painting by Alice Neel, titled The Druid, dated 1968.

Alice Neel

The Druid, 1968
Oil on canvas
40 x 29 3/4 inches (101.6 x 75.6 cm)
A painting by Alice Neel, titled Cindy, dated 1960.

Alice Neel

Cindy, 1960
Oil on canvas
28 x 18 inches (71.1 x 45.7 cm)
A painting by Alice Neel, titled Annie Sprinkle, dated 1982.

Alice Neel

Annie Sprinkle, 1982
Oil on canvas
60 7/8 x 44 1/8 inches (154.6 x 112.1 cm) Framed: 62 7/8 x 46 7/8 inches (159.7 x 119.1 cm)
A painting by Alice Neel, titled Sam, Snow (How like the winter), dated 1945.

Alice Neel

Sam, Snow (How like the winter), 1945
Oil on canvas
30 x 24 inches (76.2 x 61 cm)
A painting by Alice Neel, titled Sam and Hartley, circa 1945,

Alice Neel

Sam and Hartley, c.1945
Oil on canvas
30 x 27 inches (76.2 x 68.6 cm)
A painting by Alice Neel, titled Young Woman, circa 1946.

Alice Neel

Young Woman, c. 1946
Oil on canvas
32 x 25 inches (81.3 x 63.5 cm)
A painting by Alice Neel, titled Hartley, dated 1952.

Alice Neel

Hartley, 1952
Oil on canvas
32 x 20 1/4 inches (81.3 x 51.4 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 Rita and Hubert, dated 1958.

Alice Neel

Rita and Hubert, 1958
Oil on canvas
34 x 40 inches (86.4 x 101.6 cm)
A painting by Alice Neel, titled George Arce, dated 1959.

Alice Neel

George Arce, 1959
Oil on canvas
36 x 25 inches (91.4 x 63.5 cm)
A painting by Alice Neel, titled Jerry Sokol, dated 1964.

Alice Neel

Jerry Sokol, 1964
Oil on canvas
40 x 28 inches (101.6 x 71.1 cm)
A painting by Alice Neel, titled The Family (Algis, Julie and Bailey), dated 1968,

Alice Neel

The Family (Algis, Julie and Bailey), 1968
Oil on canvas
59 7/8 x 34 1/4 inches (152.1 x 87 cm)
A painting by Alice Neel, titled Mrs. Paul Gardner and Sam, dated 1967.

Alice Neel

Mrs. Paul Gardner and Sam, 1967
Oil on canvas
56 x 35 inches (142.2 x 88.9 cm)
A painting by Alice Neel, titled Dana Gordon, dated 1972.

Alice Neel

Dana Gordon, 1972
Oil on canvas
48 x 32 inches (121.9 x 81.3 cm)
A painting by Alice Neel, titled Ruth Nude, dated 1964.

Alice Neel

Ruth Nude, 1964
Oil on canvas
40 1/8 x 48 inches (101.9 x 121.9 cm) Framed: 43 3/8 x 51 3/8 inches (110.2 x 130.5 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)

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