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Alice Neel s remarkable drawings are intimate explorations of her personal life her loves and her family, her friends, people she met in New York and the art world Spontaneous and dynamic, the works on paper in Black and White provide insight into her environments, exterior and interior In them she positions universal themes motherhood, death, longing within the sphere of her private existence and her social unconscious While a handful of the drawings are urban cityscapes and others are domestic settings, the majority are portraits And when Neel, the self named Collector of Souls, composed a portrait, she never posed her sitters Instead, she studied and spoke intimately with her subjects as they unconsciously assumed their most natural attitude, which she believed exhorted all their character and life experience The images she created, full of distinctly innate gestures, stemmed from her succinct understanding and assembled memory, and coalesced into a unique impression of a person I did this at the expense of untold humiliations, but at least after my fashion I told the truth as I perceived it, and, considering the way one is bombarded by reality, did the best and most honest art of which I was capable Alice Neel Essay by Amy Young Hardcover, 150 pages, 58 duotones....

Title : Alice Neel: Black and White
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ISBN : 0944680666
Format Type : Hardcover
Language : English
Publisher : Robert Miller Gallery June 15, 2002
Number of Pages : 150 pages
File Size : 763 KB
Status : Available For Download
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