Friday, April 07, 2006

elizabeth neel

I am really into elizabeth neel's works lately. She is the granddaughter the the famous portrait painter alice neel and also has a brother andrew - a filmmaker. They have even worked on some projects together.
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Elizabeth is mentioned in artnews - "boundary issues" as an example of a new category of art/painting that isn't quite abstract or completely representational. It is a hybrid for that uses both elements in the works - abstract brushstrokes mixed with realist forms.
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Blogger John Azoni said...

that last one reminds me of an illustration from "where the wild things are"...that childrens book with the monsters in it. good stuff. They kind of do weird things to my eyes because There's just enough information to be able to grasp what the subject is, but just enough left out to make me frustrated that it's not fully abstract, or more representational. I often times paint "on the fence" but this seems to be a new brand of "on the fence".

11:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad to see that Alice Neel's granddaughter is keeping the tradition of the arts in her family.

These paintings are quite intriguing. I have always loved Alice's portraits too. Had the great good fortune to meet her when she had a show at Hilberry Gallery and then gave a lecture at WSU. She was the sweetest, prettiest little old lady you ever saw, and minced no words when it came to talking about art, life, painting, and being a figurative painter in the heyday of Abstract Expressionism.

If you want to read an arts biography that is truly stunning, heart-rending, and ultimately triumphant, read about Alice Neel.

She taught me to stay the course with the work you believe in, no matter what else is going on around you.

10:39 AM  

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