Alice Neel: Uptown
The American painter Alice Neel (1900-1984) sounds like she was a thoroughly good sort. A lady with a strong social conscience and left-wing beliefs, she spent five decades living in upper Manhattan, moving from the comfort of Greenwich Village to Spanish Harlem in order to find, and give expression to, the truth. That was the truth of the friends, neighbours and acquaintances she encountered amongst the immigrant community who never typically made it into the traditional canon of portraiture or Western art. This show shows her portraits capturing the humanity of the Latinos, African-Americans and Asians she encountered, along with later paintings of those involved in social and political issues. This is all about people living under the pressures of city life but it'll be the compassion of this stuff that leaves a mark.
Tickets: Free entry