Whitechapel Gallery Opens Retrospective of Influential Painter Alice Neel


Alice Neel - 'Andy Warhol', 1970 - Oil on canvas, 152.4 x 101.6 cm. - Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, gift of Timothy Collins.

The Whitechapel Gallery presents the first
major retrospective of influential 20th century American painter Alice
Alice Neel (1900–1984) is best known for her portraits of celebrated
artists and
writers from New York, including Andy Warhol, Frank O’Hara, Meyer
Shapiro and
Linda Nochlin. A self-proclaimed ‘collector of souls’, she painted
family and neighbours in the Manhattan district of Spanish Harlem,
delving into
their personalities with rare frankness. Undeterred by a turbulent
personal life
that included a year of hospitalisation following a nervous breakdown,
and the
destruction in 1934 of over 250 paintings and drawings, it was only in
her later
years that she gained widespread recognition. On view until 17