Alice Neel: Drawings and Watercolors 1927-1978 by Alice NeelAlice Neel: Drawings and Watercolors 1927-1978 by Alice Neel

Alice Neel: Drawings and Watercolors 1927-1978

By (artist)Alice NeelText byJeremy Lewison, Claire Messud

Hardcover | April 28, 2015

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Drawing was a fundamental, stand-alone component of New York artist Alice Neel's practice, persistently pursued alongside the figurative painting for which she is primarily known. As a medium, it enabled her to capture the immediacy of her visual experience--whether in front of her sitters or on the city streets--while also affording her a greater sense of experimentation and informality. Neel chose the subjects for both her paintings and drawings from her family, friends and a broad variety of fellow New Yorkers: writers, poets, artists, students, textile salesmen, cabaret singers and homeless bohemians.
Through her penetrative, forthright and at times humorous touch, her work subtly engages with political and social issues, including gender, racial inequality and labor struggles. Not initially intended for public view, her drawings reveal a more private and intimate nature than her paintings and reflect her deep sensitivity to these subjects.
Alice Neel: Drawings and Watercolors 1927-1978 presents an illuminating overview of the variety of themes and styles employed by the artist across five decades. The book contains over 60 color plates organized thematically and includes works selected from throughout her career. In addition, it features essays by the independent curator and writer Jeremy Lewison and the award-winning novelist Claire Messud, as well as a selected chronological biography and illustrated list of works.
Claire Messud was born in Greenwich, Connecticut. She grew up in the United States, Australia, and Canada. She returned to the states when she was a teenager. She did undergraduate and graduate studies at Yale University and Cambridge University. Messud's debut novel, "When The World Was Steady" (1995), was nominated for the PEN/Faulkn...
Title:Alice Neel: Drawings and Watercolors 1927-1978Format:HardcoverDimensions:120 pages, 11 × 9 × 0.68 inPublished:April 28, 2015Publisher:David Zwirner BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1941701132

ISBN - 13:9781941701133