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How Alice Neel’s Sharp, Compassionate Eye Painted Harlem

[Originally published in The Atlantic] The artist’s portraits of neighbors, icons, and strangers show a keen and democratic attention to detail. A detail from “Mercedes Arroyo,” 1952DAVID ZWIRNER GALLERY When, in 1938, Alice Neel decided to relocate from Greenwich Village to Spanish Harlem with José Negrón, a musician and her then-boyfriend, she was making a […]