Alice Neel

1900 · United States

Artist biography

Alice Neel is an established contemporary visual artist, who was born in the United States. Alice Neel was born in 1900. Born in the same country and around the same year are Ansel Adams, Walker Evans, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning and Arshile Gorky.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Alice Neel is represented and exhibited by several galleries around the world, in countries such as the United Kingdom and the United States. Galleries exhibiting Alice Neel's work include David Zwirner | London in the United Kingdom, as well as L.A. Louver and David Zwirner | 69th Street in the United States. Alice Neel's work has most recently been exhibited at Victoria Miro Gallery | 16 Wharf Road in London (18 May 2017 until 29 July 2017) with the exhibition Uptown. Alice Neel's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions at; Galerie Xavier Hufkens in Brussels (21 January 2020 - 28 February 2020) with the name Winterreise and Cheim & Read in New York (20 November 2019 - 28 February 2020) with the name In Honor of the New MoMA. Alice Neel's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called Uptown and took place at Victoria Miro Gallery | 16 Wharf Road in London, the United Kingdom from the 18 May 2017 to 29 July 2017.

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been key in the development of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, particularly in the post war period, when the cultural status of New York assumed primacy over Paris, formerly thought of as the most important art hub globally. Leading art movements developed and fostered in important ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in various forms, Pop Art, including its West and East Coast branches, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, plus a multitude of post-modern iterations of these many types. In the modern and contemporary sphere, the United States has exercised a prevailing influence over the global visual culture, due to the dominion of its economic and political institutions. Key examples of critically acclaimed U.S artists of the modern and contemporary period include Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

Further Biographical Context for Alice Neel

Born in 1900, Alice Neel was predominantly inspired by the 1920s growing up. The notable innovations established in the early years of the 20th century were developed further in the 1920s and 1930s. This period began the careers of many radical and inspiring practitioners in the pictorial arts. However it was a period of reflection following the horrors of the First World War, and significant shifts in politics took place internationally. The philosophy of Marxism was prevalent among artist communities and groups. In Paris, artists such as Brancusi, Modigliani and Soutine established methods of art which were expressive and dynamic. Surrealism continued to grow in the 1920s and 1930s, and focused on the human unconscious and Freudian theory. Important artists to arise from this movement were Salvador Dali, Giorgio de Chirico, Andre Breton, Rene Magritte and Paul Delvaux. Surrealism spread as an ideology on a global scale due to its cultural importance, and developed to become the integral expressive mode of the 1920s. It was aided by the liberal characteristics of Weimar Republic in Germany, and flourished under this way of thinking.

Alice Neel