• Alice Neel

    Whitney Museum of American Art
    99 Gansevoort Street
    June 29–September 1, 2000

    For much of her life, Alice Neel was an obscure figurative painter. She worked for the WPA during the Depression, but Abstract Expressionism drover her underground; then, in the '60s, when she was in her sixties, she blossomed into celebrity. Now comes a full-career retrospective, organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art. “There's something about history,” remarks curator Ann Temkin: “Every time women act up, it's treated as the first time. The feminist eruptions get forgotten. But Alice, in the '30s, decided she could be a woman painter, and the audacity of those works—they're as fresh as anything.”