Skip to Content

A Monthly Culture Matrix For the Cosmopolitan Traveler

Alice Neel: Seeing Who We Are

Xavier Hufkens / Brussels / Art

“Whether I’m painting or not, I have this overweening interest in humanity,” proclaimed the American artist Alice Neel (1900–1984), who often compared her process to a sort of therapy. Primarily a portraitist, Neel was deeply invested in her subjects, who ranged from impecunious neighbors in Spanish Harlem to front-line activists fighting against a host of dangerous isms. Throughout the Great Depression and the postwar reconstruction era, Neel captured the trials and triumphs of her fellow New Yorkers with groundbreaking frankness, abandoning traditional tenets of portraiture in order to depict the humanity within each sitter. This new exhibition of portraits by Neel presents works painted over a 50-year period, some never before exhibited. —Sabina Vitale

Xavier Hufkens 44 rue Van Eyck, 1050 Brussels, Belgium
Get Directions »
Start a New Search
Subscribers Only

Start your free trial to access the full Arts Intel Report

Subscribe to Air Mail to access every article
and search our entire Arts Intel Report.

Subscribe Now

Already a subscriber? Sign in here.