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Little black bag
School of Visual Arts Collection. “The School of Visual Arts is pleased to announce the appointment of Three Distinguished Women to the Faculty” poster, 1962.
December 14, 2011

Little black bag

In 1962, SVA appointed Dorothy Koppelman, Alice Neel, and May Stevens to the Fine Arts faculty. Neel’s somewhat opaque description of her course, “Painting People”, still manages to evoke her manner of expressiveness and psychological perception.

Person and chair in room, also space, are structural – only the person inside his structure has other unique qualities which affect the other parts of the painting…sometimes the person gives off the structure around him. Person and background are one in best paintings. Person is psychological reflection of his era.

The subtly provocative design is credited to Frank Kirk, which is not a name I’ve seen on any other SVA publications.