Jeremy Lewison Limited has been advising the Estate of Alice Neel since 2003. Alice Neel (1900 – 1984) was one of the foremost twentieth century American painters in the figurative tradition but was little known outside the USA. The Estate was looking for ways to increase her visibility and introduce her work to new audiences, and approached Jeremy Lewison for strategic advice.
Jeremy Lewison Limited devised and implemented a strategy that has seen enormous success, placing the Estate with three new galleries, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, Aurel Scheibler, Berlin and David Zwirner, New York and acts as the intermediary between them and the Estate. He devises and oversees the installation of the exhibitions that take place there and liaises on all matters relating to the handling of the Estate. Since advising the Estate, Alice Neel’s work has become more prominent in the USA and Europe, and has become more widely collected. Her paintings are now entering museums and foundations in Europe as well as in the USA.
In addition Jeremy curates museum exhibitions of Alice Neel. Alice Neel: Painted Truths which he co-curated with Barry Walker of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, was shown at the MFA, Houston, Whitechapel Gallery London and Moderna Museet, Malmö. In the December 2010 issue of Artforum Anne Wagner selected it as the ‘best exhibition of the year’. In 2014 retrospective exhibition of her drawings will take place at the Nordiska Akvarellmuseet in Sweden.
The Douglas Hyde Gallery at Trinity College, Dublin is showing Alice Neel: Family, a selection of twelve paintings and nine drawings chosen by Jeremy Lewison on the theme of the family. The exhibition opened on 8 September 2011 and runs till 16 November. A catalogue accompanies the exhibition with an essay by psychoanalyst Adam Phillips.
Alice Neel: Painted Truths opened at the Whitechapel Gallery, London on 8 July. The exhibition surveys fifty years of Neel’s paintings and is arranged thematically into nine themes: Allegory, the Essential Portrait, the Psychological Portrait, Portraits from Memory, Cityscapes, Nudes, Parents and Children, the Detached Gaze and Old Age.