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Alice Neel @ Barbican Art Gallery

16 February 2023 - 20 May 2023

Alice Neel’s (1900–1984) vivid portraits capture the shifting social and political context of the American twentieth century in this retrospective.

In 1960s New York, Alice Neel was crowned ‘the court painter of the underground’, for her vibrant portraits of everyday people – including labour leaders, Greenwich Village eccentrics, civil rights activists, pregnant women and queer performers.  This exhibition brings together over 70 of Neel’s most vibrant portraits, shown alongside archival photography and film, bringing to life what she called ’the swirl of the era’.


16 February 2023
20 May 2023
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Barbican Gallery