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“As nuanced and complex as its subject, as compelling as her piercingly intense canvases.” LOS ANGELES TIMES
Portrait painter Alice Neel (1900-1984) was a self-described collector of souls who recorded her sitters on canvas through six decades of the 20th Century, among them Andy Warhol, Bella Abzug, Allen Ginsberg and Annie Sprinkle. Neel always sought the “authentic,” moving from Greenwich Village to Spanish Harlem just as the Village was gaining a reputation in the art scene. She sacrificed almost everything for her art, delving so far into the psyche of her sitters she would almost lose herself. Yet Neel was also a dedicated mother, raising two sons in the bohemian world she inhabited. Filmmaker Andrew Neel, Alice Neel’s grandson, put together the pieces of the painter’s life using intimate one-on-one interviews with Neel’s surviving family and personal archival video. This documentary explores the artist’s tumultuous biography and the legacy of Alice Neel’s determination to paint her era.
Winner Audience Award Newport Beach Film Festival; Official Selection Slamdance Film FestivalMore Info
“Fascinating viewing.” –TIME OUT
© 2006 Alice Neel Documentary, LLC. All rights reserved. All Alice Neel paintings used with permission from Neel Arts & the Estate of Alice Neel. Art and Design © 2010 New Video Group, Inc.
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