Alice Neel: Painted Truths is the first European retrospective dedicated to one of the most prominent American figurative painters of the 20th century.
Alice Neel (1900–1984) is best known for psychologically acute portraits that chronicle the social and economic diversity of the artist’s work. A self-proclaimed ‘collector of souls’, she often painted friends and family,as well as celebrated artists and writers of her day, such as Andy Warhol, Frank O’Hara and Meyer Shapiro, delving into their personalities and idiosyncrasies with rare frankness. Undeterred by her turbulent personal life that included a year of hospitalisation following a nervous breakdown, the destruction in 1934 of over two hundred and fifty paintings and drawings, and little attention to her work until the 1960s, Neel created uniquely compelling art. Bringing together over 60 of her most important paintings on loan from international museum and private collections, this exhibition spans nearly seven decades of her career.
I love Neel's work. The portraits are so beautifully painted and really capture the essence of each sitter. The exhibition starts on the 8th July through to 17th September and I for one will definitely see it!