PEOPLE COME FIRST | BILBAO, SPAIN by Nigel Keningston
SEPTEMBER 17, 2021 - JANUARY 23, 2022
Guggenheim Bilbao upcoming exhibition "Alice Neel: People Come First" by the American artist (1900-1984) will be her first retrospective in Spain. An advocate for equality, Neel's portraits highlight the diversity of New York City's citizens where she resided and worked. “I have tried to assert the dignity and eternal importance of the human being," Neel said in 1950. "For me, people come first." Encompassing almost 100 works in multiple mediums, the exhibit also includes Neel's still lifes, nudes and cityscapes which spanned 70 years.
The Black Boys, Oil on Canvas