Repository 61: Marlene Dumas on Alice Neel

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Image courtesy of the Tate, Alice Neel’s “The Family (John Gruen, Jane Wilson, and Julia)

Most figurative painting is not about people and seldom about “characters.” Philip Guston painted cartoons. Warhol painted public images. Chuck Close uses portraiture to paint about painting; Alex Katz paints the cool; and Elizabeth Peyton paints dreams…Alice Neel painted people. – Marlene Dumas

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