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New. 1584650362 In this generously illustrated and vibrant chronicle of the life and work of prolific painter and bohemian eccentric Alice Neel, Pamela Allara shows how portraits from a career spanning the 1920s to the 1970s constitute a virtual gallery of American cultural history. "Every person is a new universe unique with its own laws, " Neel once said, but these arresting images of Greenwich Village intelligentsia, of Latinos and Latinas from Spanish Harlem, of gay and lesbian writers and artists, also evoke a profound, if disquieting, sense of time and place. Neel, informed by left-wing politics and avant-garde modernism, infused portraiture with a new energy and relevance, rescuing her sitters for history and rendering them witnesses to their time. "An astute evaluation of the social context of Neel's work and her significance as an artist...An important contribution to art history, women's and gender studies, and to the general reader. It is a compelling story, a slice of history, and a tribute to an unconventional, daring and complex artist who told the truth in spite of the consequences."--Art New England. "Not since Patricia Hill's 1983 monograph on Neel...has there been so extensive and learned a treatise on the breadth and depth of this feminist artist's extraordinary body of work."--Women's Review of Books. "A fine new biography...Allara's writing is as unflinching as Neel's portraiture."--Boston Globe. Pamela Allara is Associate Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art in the Fine Arts Department at Brandeis University. Author of exhibition catalogs and curator of exhibits on a variety of subjects, her articles have appeared in such publications as American Art, and ARTnews. 374 pages.
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