This Web Catalogue is published in conjunction with the exhibition:
26.02.2016 – 15.05.2016
In recent years the American contemporary artist Alex Israel (b. 1982, Los Angeles, USA) has attracted considerable attention on the international art scene, for his paintings and sculptures and for his infamous interview show As It Lays.
In his newest exhibition, #AlexIsrael, the artist paints a portrait of Los Angeles that confronts the representations and clichés of the city’s history, mixing homage and parody, the codes of the international art world with those of advertising and Hollywood’s factory of quintessential dreams and myths, whose impact extends well beyond Los Angeles. Alex Israel subtly blends images of LA with the magic effects of Hollywood’s film industry through a system of reminders, overlaps and links. His appealing works circle around such themes as the film industry, celebrity culture and the American dream, and their mechanisms are both embraced as well as exposed in all their ambiguity. With his striking and original visual language and multifaceted artistic practice, Israel makes new connections between the city of Los Angeles, art history and the cultural productions of LA of both past and present.