If Alice Neel is your cup of day old coffee, you will enjoy and find useful Alice Neel: Painted Truths by Jeremy Lewison, Barry Walker, Tamar Garb, and Robert Storr, with artists’ bits by Frank Auerbach, Marlene Dumas, and Chris Ofili. The book has sixty-eight large color plates for an exhibit of the same title at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Whitechapel Gallery, and Moderna Museet Malmo.
The arrangement of the works in the exhibition, as well as the plates, is in nine sections: Allegory, The Essential Portrait, The Psychological Portrait, Portraits from Memory, Cityscapes, Nudes, Parents and Children, The Detached Gaze, and Old Age. You may not like a Balkanized Neel but I thought it worked more often than not. Remember boundaries are amenable in the Balkans if you’re not in a hurry.
I also thought the introductory essays informative, and the chronology in the back of the book a good reference in puzzling out future questions. Charles Marlin