Alice Neel

Painted Truths

Jeremy Lewison, Barry Walker, Tamar Garb, Robert Storr; With Frank Auerbach, Marlene Dumas, and Chris Ofili

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April 20, 2010
306 pages, 9 3/4 x 11
15 b/w + 178 color illus.
ISBN: 9780300163322

Published in association with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Spanning nearly seven decades, a comprehensive consideration of the psychologically acute and surprisingly honest portraits of Alice Neel

Widely regarded as one of the most important American painters of the 20th century, Alice Neel is internationally recognized for her contributions to Abstract Expressionism, especially her perceptive portraiture. Neel (1900–1984) was a portrait painter at a time when this was traditionally the role of a male artist. After ascending to prominence in the 1960s as the feminist movement gained momentum, she has remained an iconic figure in the history of American painting.

A self-proclaimed “collector of souls,” Neel often painted friends and family, as well as the celebrated artists and writers of her day, such as Andy Warhol, Frank O’Hara, and Meyer Shapiro, delving into personalities and idiosyncrasies with a rare frankness. Alice Neel: Painted Truths brings together paintings that demonstrate Neel’s range and ability, along with insightful commentary from four leading art historians. Although the book focuses on her portraits, it also covers the artist’s early social realist paintings and cityscapes, tracing the evolution of Neel’s style and examining themes that she revisited throughout her career.

Barry Walker is the curator of modern and contemporary art and prints and drawings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. As the director of Jeremy Lewison Ltd., Jeremy Lewison is a curator and advisor to the Estate of Alice Neel. Robert Storr is an artist, curator, and critic, as well as the dean of the Yale School of Art. Tamar Garb is the Durning Lawrence Professor in the History of Art at University College London.


The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (March 21 – June 13, 2010)

Whitechapel Gallery, London (July 9 – September 19, 2010)

Moderna Museet, Malmö, Sweden (October 10, 2010 – January 2, 2011)

"One of the most interesting aspects of this volume is the inclusion of a series of reflections on voices, testifying to the continued relevance of Neel’s work, renders an already outstanding collection truly superb."—S.L. Hoglund, Choice

"A penetrating look at the portraits. . . . Lavishly illustrated. . . . Will be essential reading for anyone interested in her career. . . . There is plenty here to engage both the eye and the brain. While the paintings still might be unsettling, the materials presented here will go along way to helping us understand them."—Pamela Simpson, Woman's Art Journal
Ellsworth Kelly in Dallas

Edited by Charles Wylie; With contributions by Yve-Alain Bo

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Modernity and Modernism
French Painting in the Nineteenth Century

Francis Frascina, Tamar Garb, Nigel Blake, and Briony Fer

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Sisters of the Brush
Women`s Artistic Culture in Late Nineteenth-Century Paris

Tamar Garb

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The Painted Face
Portraits of Women in France, 1814-1914

Tamar Garb

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Singular Multiples
The Peter Blum Edition Archive, 1980-1994

By Barry Walker; With contributions by Faye Hirsch, Vincent

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Versions and Inversions
Perspectives on Avant-Garde Art in Latin America

Edited by Héctor Olea and Mari Carmen Ramírez; With contrib

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