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b.1982 / Los Angeles

€95,00 EUR

by Alex Israel



Published following Alex Israel's exhibition at the Consortium, Dijon, from July 4 to September 29, 2013.

Monograph dedicated to the Californian artist, whose work takes the city of Los Angeles as both iconographic source and main subject. This well documented and illustrated publication offers a chronological overview of Israel's heterogeneous projects—paintings, flashmobs, a brand of eyewear and its related advertising, a talk-show, interviews, webseries, sculptures, a movie—each introduced by a short text from the artist.
Based in Los Angeles, Alex Israel (born 1982) engages with the particular culture of the local film and media industries. Mining the “food chain” of show business, he interrogates and confounds the fine line between “talent” and “raw material” while re–framing and re–presenting manufactured items whose formal and auratic properties are often overlooked. For Israel, the American dream, as embodied by the Los Angeles mythos, remains affecting and potent. Channeling celebrity culture as well as the slick appearance and aspirations of the entertainment capital, Israel approaches his hometown with an uncanny coupling of local familiarity and anthropological curiosity. His work alludes to both California cool and calculated brand creation, embracing clichés and styles that exude the hygienic optimism endemic to the local scene.

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Dimensions 26 x 20,5 cm 10 1/4 x 8 1/8 in
Language French/German
Publisher Les Presses du Réel
Contributors Alex Israel John Kelsey Jon Leon Eric Troncy
Pages 456
ISBN 978-2-84066-673-8
Publication Date 2017


Ha Chong Hyun

Los Angeles artist Alex Israel’s practice explores the iconography of his hometown, the Hollywood film industry, and the cult of celebrity, embracing its clichés and styles, and posits Los Angeles as central to an understanding of American culture and the American dream.

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