Wednesday, February 22, 2017
I chose Alice Neel because I found the portraits done by the artist to be eye-catching. I appreciated that the name of the show was "Uptown," not to depict the "swanky high society," but the neighborhoods such as Harlem and Spanish Harlem where Neel lived and painted many of her subjects. Representation is so crucial in all forms of artwork, and to see someone concerned with displaying the identities of often overlooked people resonated with me. As I am working on a portrait for my project, Neel also helped to personally inspire me in my artistic endeavors.