A Visit to the Met

My friend had morning tickets to the Alice Neel show at the Met and invited me. I haven’t been to New York City since Kerfe’s birthday in January 2020. The city seemed the same but different. All the restaurants had these outdoor areas gussied up with plants. I wouldn’t like to eat in one because if someone walked by smoking a cigarette I’d lose my appetite.

I’d seen an Alice Neel show with Kerfe a few years ago and I remember it as mostly portraits. This show was a retrospective and had a lot of pieces I liked so I thought I’d show you. Here were some of my favorites:

Sorry I didn’t write down the titles. I also didn’t photograph her drawings which I liked a lot.

This last drawing was done by Neel when she was in a mental hospital for a year. She had a very intense life which showed in all her work but especially this drawing:

I should have photographed some of the portraits which made up her main body of work. Her expressiveness and technique inspired me and I’d like to do some larger paintings one of these days.

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22 responses to “A Visit to the Met”

  1. msjadeli says :

    Nina I see Neel likes the dark backgrounds like you do. I see a similarity between your work and hers. How wonderful you got a chance to see her work close up. I know what you mean about a desire to work on larger canvasses.

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  2. tiffanyarpdaleo says :

    What a treat, thanks for sharing!

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  3. Claudia McGill says :

    These are emotional pieces. They really reach out and grab you. Thank you for the visit.

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    • memadtwo says :

      I liked these much better than the portraits; I found those rather disturbing. My friend was kind to schlep me in and take me to the show. I’ve been too lazy to go in and I need to go see Kerfe soon. N.

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  4. Bela Johnson says :

    I haven’t ever heard of this woman, this artist, and I really like her work! Thanks for the intro! 🤗

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  5. memadtwo says :

    That’s a good friend! I recognize that wall of windows, right across 107 st from where I lived on West End Ave. I can’t believe I lived next door to Alice Neel in those early years there and never knew it! (K)

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    • memadtwo says :

      She was very kind to pick me up and drive in. I’ve been nervous about driving to the city, probably because I haven’t done it in a while. My nerves of steel have turned to jelly. N.

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  6. David Milligan-Croft says :

    Great post. I love Alice Neel’s work. It also made me reminisce about the last time I was at the Met which was about 20 years ago. Would love to go again. And to MoMa of course. And the Whitney. And the Guggenheim… 🙂

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    • memadtwo says :

      The Met is always a great place to visit. Wearing a mask the whole time- not so much. It was good to go that early, not crowded at all at the show. N.

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  7. boundlessblessingsblog says :

    Beautiful and excellent post.

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