At Home: Alice Neel in the Queer World

Forthcoming June 2024

Texts by Hilton Als, Alex Fialho, Evan Garza, and Wayne Koestenbaum

Alice Neel's unstinting, visionary engagement with the lives of those around her resulted in a queered, inclusive oeuvre. This aspect of her work is explored for the first time in this new catalogue.

Curated by Hilton Als and organized in collaboration with the Estate of Alice Neel, At Home: Alice Neel in the Queer World highlights the artist’s vibrant involvement with the human condition and extends the reach of her recent retrospectives at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Barbican, and the Centre Pompidou. Within a lifetime of work, Neel painted many people from many walks of life––this catalogue is the first to focus on queer communities and those who circled within them. This collection of paintings includes rarely seen works of individuals including Frank O’Hara, Allen Ginsberg, and Adrienne Rich, as well as the bohemian theorists, Greenwich Village activists, artists, and politicians who populated these spaces.

This catalogue accompanies Neel’s first significant exhibition in Los Angeles, at David Zwirner in 2024. Edited and with a text by Als, the volume includes newly commissioned contributions by Alex Fialho, Evan Garza, and Wayne Koestenbaum. 



Publisher: David Zwirner Books

Artists: Alice Neel

Contributors: Hilton Als, Alex Fialho, Evan Garza, Wayne Koestenbaum

Designer: Pacific (Elizabeth Karp-Evans & Adam Turnbull)

Printer: VeronaLibri, Verona

Publication Date: 2024

Binding: Hardcover

Dimensions: 8.5 × 10.5 in | 21.6 × 26.7 cm

Pages: 144

Reproductions: 83

ISBN: 9781644231302

Retail: $55 | $75 CAN | £45

Status: Not Yet Published

Alice Neel

Alice Neel was born in 1900 in Merion Square, Pennsylvania, and died in 1984 in New York. With a practice spanning the 1920s to the 1980s, Neel is widely regarded as one of the foremost American figurative painters of the twentieth century. Based in New York, Neel chose her subjects from her family, friends, and a broad variety of locals, and her eccentric selection was thus a portrayal of, and dialogue with, the city in which she lived. Although she showed sporadically early in her career, from the 1960s onwards her work was exhibited widely in the United States. In 1974, she had her first retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

All Alice Neel books

Hilton Als

Hilton Als is an American writer and curator based in New York. His first book, The Women, a meditation on gender, race, and personal identity, was published in 1996. In 2017, Als was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. Als is an associate professor of writing at Columbia University’s School of the Arts and has taught at Yale University and Smith College, among other universities. 

Alex Fialho

Alex Fialho (he/they) is an art historian, curator, and PhD candidate in Yale University’s Combined PhD program in the History of Art and African American Studies. Fialho’s writing has been published in exhibition catalogues for the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Studio Museum in Harlem, Socrates Sculpture Park, and the Andy Warhol Museum, among other institutions.

Evan Garza

Evan Garza is a curator, scholar, and a Curatorial Exchange Initiative Fellow at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts. Their writing on the work of global contemporary artists has been published in several books and monographs and by IMMA, The Drawing Center, Flash Art, ART PAPERS, Hyperallergic, and Artforum.

Wayne Koestenbaum

Wayne Koestenbaum—poet, critic, fiction writer, artist, and filmmaker—has published more than twenty books, including The Queen’s Throat, Camp Marmalade, Humiliation, and Hotel Theory. He is a Distinguished Professor of English, French, and Comparative Literature at the CUNY Graduate Center.