“Art is two things: the search for the road and the search for freedom. It is very difficult to get freedom. You know that all these things in life are constantly hanging over you, so it’s very difficult to feel free ”- Alice Neal.
The exhibition focuses on the nude artist's portrayal and the ways in which Neal resolutely challenged traditional notions of sexuality, motherhood and beauty.
Neil, one of the outstanding American skaters of the twentieth century, was a humanist — she was fascinated by people. Neil liked to draw them in all the difficulties - to penetrate and reveal the fears and anxieties of people, their disobedience and survival. She also loved drawing an unvarnished human figure, and her nude portraits frankly examine the body, celebrating the individuality of each nude model. Neil overcame the usual gender constraints to paint the way she saw the world, and these paintings exemplify the courage and freedom with which she approached her work and her life. In their mastery of form, color and implied social commentary - these works are relevant today just as they were written.