Alice Neel: Painted Truths opened at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston on 21 March and closed on 13 June. This survey of 68 paintings is arranged thematcially and includes portraits and cityscapes from all phases of Neel’s career. The exhibition traces Neel’s style and examines the themes of Allegory, The Essential Portrait, the Psychological Portrait, Portraits from Memory, Cityscapes, Parent and Child, the Detached Gaze and Old Age.
The accompanying catalogue contains essays by co-curators Jeremy Lewison and Barry Walker as well as Tamar Garb and Robert Storr. There are also artist’s appreciations by Frank Auerbach, Marlene Dumas and Chris Ofili, thematic introductions and catalogue entries.
This is the first major exhibition and publication on Alice Neel since the 2000 retrospective. After its Houston showing it travels to the Whitechapel Gallery, London and the Moderna Museet, Malmö.