Alice Neel


Though known for her probing, sensitive portraits of friends, lovers and fellow New Yorkers of all stripes, painter Alice Neel (1900-1984) made equally expressionistic drawings and watercolors depicting the people she encountered in daily life, from her children and their families to poets, artists and cabaret performers. The retrospective at Zwirner, installed in three upstairs rooms, also includes a suite of illustrations for The Brothers Karamazov and several works addressing social issues (e.g., Support the Union and City Hospital).