‘Alice Neel, Uptown’ At Victoria Miro Venice

Victoria Miro Venice presents the exhibition “Alice Neel, Uptown”, curated by the Pulitzer Prize winning critic and author Hilton Als.Curated by Hilton Als especially for the Venice gallery, this concise exhibition draws on the rich body of work created by Alice Neel during the period in which she lived and worked in upper Manhattan. The exhibition includes a number of previously unexhibited paintings and works on paper, sharing themes with presentations of Alice Neel, Uptown at David Zwirner, New York (February — April 2017), and Victoria Miro, London (until 29 July 2017), while offering a new focus on Neel’s paintings and drawings of women and children. Intimate, casual, direct and personal, Alice Neel’s portraits exist as an unparalleled chronicle of New York personalities — both famous and unknown — and the extraordinary diversity of twentieth century New York City. “Alice Neel, Uptown” opens with a 1945 portrait of the musician Armando Perez and includes other figures from Harlem’s cultural circle, including Sarah Shiller who, with her husband, supported left wing artists such as Neel during the period.The exhibition at Victoria Miro Venice is a companion exhibition of Alice Neel, Uptown, which was shown at David Zwirner, New York (23 February — 22 April 2017) and continues at Victoria Miro London (until 29 July 2017). An accompanying book, jointly published by David Zwirner Books and Victoria Miro, includes essays by Hilton Als on individual portraits and their sitters, in addition to new scholarship by Jeremy Lewison.“Alice Neel, Uptown” is on view through September 16, 2017 at Victoria Miro Venice, Il Capricorno, San Marco 1994, 30124 Venice, Italy.

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