No. 496: Alice Neel, Soutine/de Kooning

Episode No. 496 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features curator Kelly Baum and art historian Judith Zilczer.

Along with Randall Griffey, Baum is the co-curator of the retrospective exhibition “Alice Neel: People Come First” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibition is on view through August 1. It presents Neel as a radical portraitist whose work most often foregrounded humanism and social justice. The exhibition catalogue was published by the Met. Indiebound and Amazon offer it for around $50.

On the second segment, Judith Zilczer discusses Willem de Kooning’s engagement with Chaim Soutine’s work on the occasion of “Soutine/de Kooning: Conversations in Paint” at the Barnes Foundation. Zilczer contributed an essay to the catalogue, which was published by the Barnes in association with the Musees d’Orsay and l’Orangerie in Paris, and Paul Holberton Publishing. The exhibition was curated by Simonetta Fraquelli and Claire Bernardi. It is on view in Philadelphia through August 8.

Air date: May 6, 2021.

Alice Neel, Adreinne Rich, 1973.

Alice Neel, Futility of Effort, 1930.

Alice Neel, Jose, 1936.

Alice Neel, Alice and Jose, 1938.

Alice Neel, Untitled (Alice Neel and John Rothschild in the Bathroom, 1935.

Alice Neel, Cindy Nemser and Chuck, 1975.

Alice Neel, Black Draftee (James Hunter), 1965.

Alice Neel, Hartley, 1966.

Alice Neel, Suicidal Ward, Philadelphia General Hospital, 1931.

Alice Neel, View from the Artist’s Window, 1978.

Alice Neel, Central Park, 1959.

Alice Neel, Cityscape, 1968

Alice Neel, Spanish Harlem, 1938.

Alice Neel, Nazis Murder Jews, 1936.

Alice Neel, Fish Market, 1947.

Alice Neel, Cut Glass with Fruit, 1952.

Alice Neel, Black Bottles, 1977.

Alice Neel, Still Life, Rose of Sharon, 1973.

Chaim Soutine, Grotesque (Self-Portrait), ca. 1922-25.

Willem de Kooning, Seated Man (Clown), 1941.

Chaim Soutine, View of Ceret, ca. 1921-22.

Chaim Soutine, Carcass of Beef, ca. 1925.

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