A review in Border Crossings by Charmaine Wheatley reminded me to visit Elizabeth Neel here, wherein I found:
"This visual experience represented a turning point in my relationship to the world. I now see it as my first clear instantiation that life, and nature underneath it, is a baroque, mysterious thing that hangs precariously on a framework of elegant reason." (Neel)
"Life inside death, inflating the dead, blowing warm air into the dead, to see if they come to life… Makes the work introspective, extrospective and contemporary."
And another long article on contemporary figurative painting - "Back to the Figure" by Paul Trachtman.