David Zwirner and Fraenkel Gallery are pleased to participate in ADAA’s The Art Show 2019 with a joint presentation of works by Diane Arbus (1923–1971) and Alice Neel (1900–1984). This collaborative installation explores the unmistakable affinities between the two artists. Although they were simultaneously creating some of their most consequential work not far from each other, in New York City, there is no evidence that they ever met.
Neel and Arbus, both rogues in their own time, are now widely regarded as two of the foremost artists of the twentieth century. Neel chose her subjects largely from her milieu—family, friends, and other acquaintances—while Arbus more often sought out hers by exploring unfamiliar territories, many times building on chance encounters.
Neel’s paintings and Arbus’s photographs share a palpable intensity and complexity, and there is frequently an uncanny resonance between their portraits. The gaze and the gravity that each artist was able to conjure is magnified and even clarified by bringing them together in this presentation. The juxtaposition of the two artists’ work exposes an astonishing kinship that intensifies the idiosyncratic qualities of each.
The joint presentation by David Zwirner and Fraenkel Gallery at ADAA builds upon the September announcement of their co-representation of The Estate of Diane Arbus. The collaboration was inaugurated with the first complete exhibition of Arbus’s Untitled series (1969–1971) at David Zwirner’s 537 West 20th Street location in New York from November 2 through December 15, 2018.
Concurrent with ADAA, David Zwirner will present Alice Neel: Freedom, on view from February 26 through April 13, 2019, at the gallery’s 537 West 20th Street space.
Fraenkel Gallery will celebrate its fortieth anniversary in 2019 with the exhibition and book Long short story. This year also marks the fourth decade of Fraenkel Gallery’s close association with The Estate of Diane Arbus.
Two ladies at the automat, N.Y.C. 1966, 1966
Gelatin silver print
Image: 14 3/4 x 14 3/4 inches (37.5 x 37.5 cm)
Sheet: 20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
Conversation on a Bus, 1944
Oil on canvas
29 x 22 inches (73.7 x 55.9 cm)
Framed: 39 x 32 x 1 1/2 inches (99.1 x 81.3 x 3.8 cm)