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Philip Pearlstein's 1975 portrait of Perrault. JEFF WEINSTEIN/VIA FACEBOOK

John Perreault, Noted Art Critic for The Village Voice and ARTnews, Dies at 78

John Perreault, who wrote sharp art criticism for ARTnews, Soho News, and the Village Voice, and who made art that often relied on strange materials, died on Sunday morning after being hospitalized at NYU Langone for complications resulting from gastrointestinal … Read More

Alice Neel, Woman on a Train, ca. 1940, watercolor on paper. ©THE ESTATE OF ALICE NEEL. COURTESY DAVID ZWIRNER, NEW YORK/LONDON

The Risk-Taking Portraitist of the Upper West Side: On Alice Neel’s Tense Paintings, in 1962

Alice Neel, like many women artists of her time, was under-appreciated when she was alive. During the 1930s, Neel was employed by the Works Project Administration and painted urban landscapes. Between then and the ’60s, the art world nearly ignored her. During the ’60s, … Read More

In Joan Semmel’s Crossed Legs, 2011, the sexuality is more restrained than in her earlier work.

The Body In Winter

Artists are taking on themes of aging, transformation, and decay Read More


That Seventies Sensibility

A wave of exhibitions shows how the open-ended, experimental, hardscrabble, less cynical esthetic of the ’70s is appealing to artists and curators Read More

Books Reviews
Alice Neel in a photograph taken by her lover Sam Brody, whom she met at a WPA meeting. SAM BRODY

What Was Neel’s Deal?

Alice Neel: The Art of Not Sitting Pretty
By Phoebe Hoban
St. Martin’s Press, 500 pages, $35 Read More


The Great American (Male) Nude

Turning the tables on art-historical tradition, more women artists are depicting the naked male body. Read More

Looking at Art

A ‘Desperate Beauty’

In her portrait of the Gruen family, Alice Neel tempers her penchant for the grotesque with a touch of the sublime. Read More