International Property & Travel Volume 28 Number 5

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Andrea Marechal Watson rounds up shows in Paris, Bilbao, Basel, London and looks at the concept of 'edutainment'

Alice Neel People Come First Continuing to redress the imbalance

between male and female artists, the Guggenheim Bilbao has chosen to mount the very first retrospective in Spain of American artist Alice Neel (1900–1984). One of the century’s most radical painters, Neel was a champion of social justice whose humanist principles inspired her life as well as her art, as demonstrated in the 100 paintings, drawings, and watercolours that will appear in this survey. Images of activists demonstrating against fascism and racism appear alongside paintings of impoverished victims of the Great Depression, as well as portraits of Neel’s neighbours in Spanish Harlem, leaders from a wide range of political organisations, queer artists and performers, and members of New York’s global diaspora. The exhibition also features Neel's candid and erotic watercolours and Alice Neel

pastels of mothers and nudes, highly

Elenka | 1936 | Oil on canvas

unusual for a female artist in the 1930s.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, USA, New York

Neel returned again and again to

© The Estate of Alice Neel

the streets of New York for her subject matter and to the diversity, resilience, and passion of its residents. “For me, people

From 17th September to 6th February 6, 2022 at the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain

tried to assert the dignity and eternal

importance of the human being.”


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come first,” Neel declared in 1950. “I have


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