The Easel

Hilton Als, Alice Neel, and the Faces Of New York

A previous linked piece on Alice Neel took an historical view of her work. Renowned essayist Hilton Als, having curated a smaller show of Neel’s work, describes her Harlem milieu. “There’s an extraordinary act of will in this world to not believe that you are seen, and then there’s this person that sees you, and … it is so moving … that those boys would come to her door and say, we hear you paint Spanish kids.”