Alice Neel: Uptown

Alice Neel Uptown Hilton Als on Alice Neel s quietly political portraits of HarlemKnown for her portraits of family friends writers poets artists students singers salesmen activists and Alice Neel c

  • Title: Alice Neel: Uptown
  • Author: Alice Neel Hilton Als
  • ISBN: 9781941701607
  • Page: 269
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Hilton Als on Alice Neel s quietly political portraits of HarlemKnown for her portraits of family, friends, writers, poets, artists, students, singers, salesmen, activists and , Alice Neel 1900 1984 created forthright, intimate and, at times, humorous paintings that both overtly and quietly engaged with political and social issues In Alice Neel, Uptown, writer and cHilton Als on Alice Neel s quietly political portraits of HarlemKnown for her portraits of family, friends, writers, poets, artists, students, singers, salesmen, activists and , Alice Neel 1900 1984 created forthright, intimate and, at times, humorous paintings that both overtly and quietly engaged with political and social issues In Alice Neel, Uptown, writer and curator Hilton Als brings together a body of paintings of African Americans, Latinos, Asians and other people of color for the first time Highlighting the innate diversity of Neel s approach, the selection looks at those often left out of the art historical canon and how this extraordinary painter captured them what fascinated her was the breadth of humanity that she encountered, Als writes.The publication explores Neel s interest in the extraordinary diversity of 20th century New York City and the people among whom she lived This group of portraits includes well known figures such as playwright, actress, and author Alice Childress the sociologist Horace R Cayton, Jr the community activist Mercedes Arroyo and the widely published academic Harold Cruse alongside those of anonymous individuals, such as a nurse, a ballet dancer, a taxi driver, a businessman, a local boy who ran errands for Neel, and other children and their families.In short and illuminating texts on specific works written in his characteristic narrative style, Als writes about the history of each sitter and offers insights into Neel and her work, while adding his own perspective A contemporary and personal approach to Alice Neel s oeuvre, Als project is an attempt to honor not only what Neel saw, but the generosity of her seeing.

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    1. I *love* Alice Neel's work, and this book has really beautiful reproductions of her work. I enjoyed many of the essays on her work by Hilton Als, though sometimes his writing tried too hard to speculate on what she may have been thinking or feeling at a time, or who she may have had conversations with. That sort of speculation never works for me in contexts like this. Still, this is an excellent book.

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