Courtesy The Estate of Alice Neel and David Zwirner. Decades of balancing her progressive politics with the demands of being an artist and mother further sensitized Neel to the subjects she painted, and she adhered to an intimate and forthright form of portraiture at a time when the dominant trends in art renounced figuration. Free admission to Alice Neel: People Come Firstis generously underwritten by Gucci.Alice Neel: Film Screening + Q&A with Andrew NeelSaturday, April 9, 2022, \ 1 pm, Koret Auditorium, Filmmaker Andrew Neel, Alice Neels grandson, puts together the pieces of the painter's life using intimate one-on-one interviews with Neels surviving family and personal archival video. At the end of this gallery, visitors encounter the San Francisco interlude mentioned earlier in the release featuring Ginny in Blue Shirt (1969), a portrait of Neels future daughter-in-law, Ginny Neel, which was painted in San Francisco during Neels extended two-month stay in San Francisco in 1969. Invites will be mailed to eligible members. Presenting Sponsor:Diane B. Wilsey.
Thats why next year, the de Young plans to host the first retrospective of Neel to appear in 20 years. The de Youngs presentation will also include a small interlude dedicated to Neel and San Francisco. She admired the freedom we thought we had here. She caught something I recognized in myself.. This ambitious retrospective positions Neel as one of the centurys most radical painters, a champion of social justice whose longstanding commitment to humanist principles inspired her life as well as her art. Lauren Palmor, assistant curator of American art at the de Young Museum. Courtesy The Estate of Alice Neel and David Zwirner. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 2009.345 The Estate of Alice Neel. I have tried to assert the dignity and eternal importance of the human being.. Theres some nice stories about Ginnys explorations with her in the city, Palmor says. And by doing that, there's a kind of something I get that other artists don't get. Neels radical empathy and progressive politics are reflected in a body of work that reflects the cultural shifts of the twentieth century, and her riveting documents of American life testify to her humanity, her sense of justice, and her continued relevance to contemporary museum audiences. Neels experiences in New York in the 1930s and early 1940s, during which she was a member of the Federal Art Project, cemented her interest in bearing witnessthat is, in documenting the people and places around her. She spent some early formative years in Greenwich Village, then the citys epicenter of bohemian culture and progressive politics. When she hung the painting up on the wall, I had a very strange sensation of being there on the wall and in my body. At a time in the 20th century when many female artists were struggling to find their place in society, American painter Alice Neel was capturing the faces of activists, artists and everyday people in her work. Alice Neel, Mother and Child (Nancy and Olivia), 1967. Most of the time I was with her, helping her stretch canvas or buying supplies. Check out as prompted to receive a confirmation email to your memberships primary email on file. Take in the portraits whole and then in parts. The death of their daughter Santillana in 1927 shifted the focus of Neels work to themes of loss and suffering for a period.
Hunter was scheduled to return for a second sitting, but when he did not show, Neel declared the work complete in its unfinished state by signing it on the back. Neel spent most of her life in New York City, and her work testifies to the diversity, resilience, and passion of the people she encountered there. Neel's "pictures of people" embody a rare candor and irreverence. In fact, the exhibition title is taken from a quote of Neels from 1950: For me, people come first. Neel spent the majority of her life in New York City, where she painted countless depictions of the diverse, resilient, and passionate people she encountered. Nonetheless, after looking at a person for so long, you see their bare selves come through and there are moments of deep spiritual connection because, in spite of our sociopolitical and economic landscape doing its best to squeeze us, we are still full of so much life, hope, and determination.. Ginny married Hartley and was a repeat subject of Neels. The documentary explores the artists tumultuous biography and the legacy of Alice Neels determination to paint her era. Alice Neel and Art History features select works by Neel juxtaposed with objects drawn from the collections of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Thats what made them so powerful. Look, for example, at the strikingly rendered hand and the emotional notes they add. I have tried to assert the dignity and eternal importance of the human being. It is from this quote that the retrospective Alice Neel: People Come First takes its title. Contact Member Services andbegin enjoying all the benefits available to Contributor-levelmembers, including reciprocal admission to more than 1,000 museums in North America, invitations toMemberMornings, Member Previews, and more. Major Support: The Herbst Foundation, Inc.,Jason E. Moment, Dagmar Dolby. A Journey of Sharing Kindness and Human Connection, with Sylvia BoorsteinSaturday, June 11, 2022 \ 1 pm, Piazzoni Murals Room. Counter/Culture, the largest section within the exhibition, is devoted to the many bohemians, dissidents, and activists whom Neel painted (and with whom she frequently collaborated) over the course of her life. . Felicia Forte, Matthew, Last Portrait 2019 & 2022, 2019 and 2022. Learn more about Angela@angelagarbes. Neel's "pictures of people" embody a rare candor and irreverence. I put [in] extra care and detail, and though I tried my best, the relationship and the painting stalled. Together they emphasize her belief in the dignity and worth of all individuals, a view that remains critical to the social and cultural politics of our time. Media Inquiries:Shaquille Heath, Manager of Communications, email@example.com, 2022 Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. I was invited to participate in a pop-up art show fundraiser to raise money for the nonprofit Project 0, whose mission is to save the oceans. Alice Hartley Neel (19001984) is widely considered one of the twentieth centurys foremost artists, whose expressive practice represented the people she knew and the worlds she inhabited. (93.7 x 78.4 x 5.1 cm) 34 x 28 in.
The exhibition includes depictions of Neels neighbors in Spanish Harlem, political leaders, queer cultural figures, activists, and mothers, along with a diverse representation of nude figures, including visibly pregnant women. Throughout her life, Neel resisted descriptions of her work as portraits, preferring to use the term pictures of people to avoid associations with class elitism. Finally, inside the de Youngs Media Room, two short films play on a loop, highlighting Neels dynamic and witty personality. Alice Neel: People Come First is on view at the de Young March 12, 2022 through July 10, 2022. Thats what made them so powerful.. ); unframed: 152.4 x 106.4 cm (60 x 41 7/8 in.). Oil on canvas, Frame: 36 7/8 x 30 7/8 x 2 in. Though Alice Neel called New York City home, much of her persona and art, overflowing with uncompromising humanism and regard for all people, aligns deeply with the spirit of San Francisco, stated Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. You may even see your creation on-screen at the de Young. She would tell you things and get into how you felt about things. Tia Murray is the founder and CEO of Harambee Village Doulas, a MS/PhD student at the University of WisconsinMadison, School of Human Ecology, and collaborative partner of the Today Not Tomorrow Dane County Family Resource Center. Thomas Campbell, the FAMSF director and CEO who was previously director at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, says a painting by Neel that was included in another show first brought up the possibility of that institution further exploring Neels work. We were together for six years, and he loved to be painted. The next two sections, Home and Motherhood, focus on many of Neels paintings and drawings of intimate spaces and personal moments as a mother, lover, and artist. In dialogue with the finished work will be a rarely seen silent film showing Neel in the process of painting Ginny in Blue Shirt, captured by her son Hartley. (61 x 91.4 x 1.3 cm). Recently, in what is undoubtedly a new phase of life for me, I found this painting 95 percent finished in my studio. For more information and updates on other upcoming events, please visit deyoung.famsf.org. Hartley was then living with Ginny, who assisted Neel with stretching canvases during her visits. . How can you feel alienated when everyone is on the same sinking ship as you are, trying to do the best that they can with the socioeconomic obstacles so callously placed in their way? 2022 Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Courtesy The Estate of Alice Neel and David Zwirner. Palmor says she hopes that by the opening next year, the family will be able to determine whether Neel ever visited the old de Young Museum. . Bay Area artists featured in this section include Imogen Cunningham and Richard Diebenkorn.
Alice Neel, "Jackie Curtis and Ritta Redd", 1970. Alice Neel: People Come First is the first comprehensive West Coast museum survey of the work of American artist Alice Neel (19001984). Why and how did you choose to represent this person? The Estate of Alice Neel. Alice Neel: People Come First is the first comprehensive West Coast retrospective of Neels work. Neel came to reject the impressionist style favored by her instructors, gravitating instead towards the teachings of Robert Henri and the influence of the larger Ashcan School of realism, which addressed such subjects as urban poverty and the vitality of the working class. The present copper-clad landmark building, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, opened in October 2005.
When I look at Alice Neels paintings, I can relate to her as a portrait artist that enjoys getting to know people through the act of art making. Alice Neel: People Come Firsttickets will be free on this day, on a first-come, first-serve basis, onsite only. The exhibition was organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in association with the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.Presenting SponsorDiane B. WilseyMajor SupportDagmar DolbyThe Herbst Foundation, Inc.Jason E. MomentSignificant SupportGucciGenerous SupportLorna Meyer Calas and Dennis CalasJuliet de BaubignyThe Harris FamilyPhillipsAdditional SupportWanda KownackiFree admission toAlice Neel: People Come Firston opening day was generously underwritten by Gucci. Her work has been exhibited in the greater New York area, across the United States, and in London. About the Fine Arts Museums of San FranciscoThe Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco oversee the de Young museum, located in Golden Gate Park, and the Legion of Honor, in Lincoln Park. Neel visited the city a few times in her lifetime, creating a number of works which will be on view in our presentation at the de Young. For more information, please visit deyoungmuseum.org. But either way, shes coming now.. It sustains return visits and careful attention to the text labels. . At the Museum of Fine Arts, she is working on her next book, tentatively titled Craft Schools: Where We Make What We Inherit, and, as part of an independent team of collaborators, on a book, exhibition, curriculum, and program series called Designing Motherhood: Things That Make and Break Our Births. 2022 Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Watch this videoto learn how to book advance member tickets online. She received a master of arts in the history of art from the Courtauld Institute of Art (2009) and a PhD in art history from the University of Washington (2016). It is the largest public arts institution in San Francisco, and one of the most visited arts institutions in the United States. The painting is on view beside a rarely seen silent film, captured by her son Hartley, depicting Neel in the process of painting this work, which is unique to the de Youngs presentation. artist Irene Poons photographs capture small, beautiful moments in Chinatown and elsewhere, SFMOMA admission free this weekend to allow for reflection after rejection of Roe v. Wade, Letterform Archive's 'Strikethrough: Typographic Messages of Protest', Tikkun: For the Cosmos, the Community and Ourselves, 'The Cockettes: Acid Drag & Sexual Anarchy'. She saw deeply the dramas of their lives, the passions, the pretensions, the real, the sad, the humor, and the passions of life. Grouped thematically, these paintings map her various social causes and associations, from playwrights and activists to queer performers and leaders of the feminist and civil rights movements. Alice Neel visited San Francisco first in 1967 and again in 1969, spending nearly two months in the Bay Area with her son Hartley and future daughter-in-law Ginny. Im currently working on a series of almost life-size portraits of friends, acquaintances, and strangers. Together they emphasize her belief in the dignity and worth of all individuals, a view that remains critical to the social and cultural politics of our time. . Members are invited to preview the exhibition before it opens to the public and enjoy a festive reception with light bites and entertainment. We asked, "Why and how did you choose to represent this person? Things can be finished but not forgotten.. The gallery entitled The Human Comedy derives from the work of French novelist and playwright Honor de Balzac, a name Neel invoked on more than one occasion.
We want to remind visitors she wasnt just painting protests. I get so identified when I paint them, when they go home I feet frightful. .
The de Youngs presentation is coordinated by Lauren Palmor, Assistant Curator of American Art, at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. It displays some of Neels most heartbreaking drawings and paintings, including those of city hospitals and suicide wards. Neel painted a number of portraits during these visits, including Pregnant Julie and Algis (1967), Ginny in a Striped Shirt (1969), and Ginny in Blue Shirt (1969), which are featured in the exhibition. See artworks by Bay Area artists, and submit your own. Fast-forward five years, the Met approached us as a possible venue for the exhibition and I jumped at the chance, Campbell says, citing the rich correlations between Neels work and social issues that have historically shaped the Bay Area as a key reason he feels the show is a fit for the de Young. Alice Neel: People Come First: Opening Day Celebration + Free Exhibition EntrySaturday, Mar 12, 2022 \ de Young, Whole Building, 1-4pm. In 1938, Neel settled in Spanish Harlem, where she faithfully recorded the dynamism and diversity of her neighborhood. Alice Neel (19001984) was one of the centurys most radical painters, a champion of social justice whose longstanding commitment to humanist principles inspired her life as well as her art. She later described, If I have any talent in relation to people, apart from planning the whole canvas, it is my identification with them. . Neels nascent humanism was further shaped by a formative sojourn in Havana, Cuba, where she began to see art as a political act. Alice Neel took pleasure in the people she painted. It was during this time that Neel produced a piece titled Ginny in Blue Shirt (1969). Join us for a guided workshop with psychotherapist and Buddhist teacher, Sylvia Boorstein on how we can boundlessly open our hearts towards all beings and how we can put people first as Alice Neel believed. Working in a range of genres, the artist considered her pictures of people to be historical records of the time in which they were made. Book your ticket to visit the de Young and see Alice Neel: People Come Firstbefore it opens to the public. These works, both aesthetic and allegorical, function as a metaphor for becoming and un-becoming, beginnings and ends, life and death. The film screening will be followed by a Q+A with Andrew Neel. Oil on canvas; framed: 154.3 x 108.9 cm (60 3/4 x 42 7/8 in. Copyright 2022 Hearst Communications, Inc. Photo: Rose Hartman / ArchivePhotos / Getty Images, Photo: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco / Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Photo: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco / Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Photo: The Estate of Alice Neel. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 2009.345 The Estate of Alice Neel. This rarely seen footage captures the intimacy and intention of Neels painting practice. She continued painting through her final decades. Tickets include advance entry to Alice Neel: People Come First and thepermanent collection galleries at the de Young on the day of your visit.. Shes the author of Like a Mother, a narrative nonfiction book exploring the emerging science and cultural myths of pregnancy. Learn more about the work of Felicia Forte, Lorena Diosdado, and Tess Felix. See the ambitious retrospective which positions Neel as one of the centurys most radical painters, a champion of social justice whose longstanding commitment to humanist principles inspired her life as well as her art. These two films include Neels sparkling February 1984 appearance on the The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson as well as an excerpt from the documentary They Are Their Own Gifts (1978, directed by Lucille Rhodes and Margaret Murphy), providing an immersion into Neels working methods and philosophical outlook. I gave myself just a couple hours before dinner to finish it and no more. No registration required. The exhibit Alice Neel: People Come First, which originated at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, is scheduled to be on display in San Francisco from March 12 to July 10, 2022, the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco announced Tuesday, June 29.