The Easel

Face to Face

What does a portraitist see? Giacometti looked past the individual in order to highlight the being. ”Neel’s art crosses Giacometti’s, traveling in the opposite direction—from particularity toward universality. Still, Neel’s portraits leave room for the sitter’s sense of self that survives all the designations of an individual’s place in society. [These two] show us, in different ways, not the face, but how the face is made.”