May 3, 2021

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Jesus Ortega

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Alice Neel: People Come First at the MET

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Image ©The Metropolitan Museum of Art A couple of months ago I got so excited to hear that the MET would be doing an exhibition on one of my favorite painters, Alice Neel. For years I have been following her work that caught my attention for two reasons; Her artistic …

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Image ©The Metropolitan Museum of Art

A couple of months ago I got so excited to hear that the MET would be doing an exhibition on one of my favorite painters, Alice Neel. For years I have been following her work that caught my attention for two reasons; Her artistic realism style, and how she portrayed my neighborhood Spanish Harlem in the mid-1900s. Today I will share with you a little about this exhibit and if you’re in New York, hopefully, I can persuade you to visit this exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

A few years ago I wrote about an artist who had spent many years living and documenting life in Spanish Harlem. You can find the blog post here. Alice Neel was an American artist born on January 28, 1900, who was famous for depicting her close circle of friends, family, and neighbors in an expressionist manner. Her paintings touch base on various topics such as the female gaze, the Great Depression era, and the Postwar years. 

“Alice Neel: People Come First” exhibition showcases over 100 of Neels paintings. What is interesting about his exhibition is that you get to learn more about this artist. It’s not only her watercolor paintings, you’ll get to see Neel’s line drawings and abstract art styles. Here you could also see famous poets and artists depicted by Neel such as Andy Warhol. The artwork exhibited in this gallery varies from portraits to landscape to activism scenes. Her illustrations get as real and expressionist as they can be. Each portrait is filled with emotion and each person’s facial and body expression expresses a sentiment of what they are living through at that moment. If you are around NYC make sure to visit this exhibition.




Alice Neel: People Come First
March 18 2021 – August 1 2021
The Metropolitan Museum of Art