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Alex Israel

American, b. 1982

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Alex Israel

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American, b. 1982

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1.7k
Biography

The work of Alex Israel is deeply entwined with his hometown of Los Angeles. The artist, who was an assistant to Jason Rhoades, creates art that riffs on Hollywood culture and the cult of celebrity. His first major body of work consisted of rented studio props, transformed into readymades by their placement in the gallery—some blatantly obvious in their artificiality. He gave celebrities the same treatment in the video series “As It Lays”, video portraits based on campy TV talk shows. In the interviews, he asked banal questions to the likes of Marilyn Manson and Phyllis Diller in hopes of revealing the true essence of these public figures.

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Solo show at a major institution
Nasher Sculpture Center, and 1 more
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Group show at a major institution
UCCA, and 3 more
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Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more
Biography

The work of Alex Israel is deeply entwined with his hometown of Los Angeles. The artist, who was an assistant to Jason Rhoades, creates art that riffs on Hollywood culture and the cult of celebrity. His first major body of work consisted of rented studio props, transformed into readymades by their placement in the gallery—some blatantly obvious in their artificiality. He gave celebrities the same treatment in the video series “As It Lays”, video portraits based on campy TV talk shows. In the interviews, he asked banal questions to the likes of Marilyn Manson and Phyllis Diller in hopes of revealing the true essence of these public figures.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Nasher Sculpture Center, and 1 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
UCCA, and 3 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more
Articles Featuring Alex Israel
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Feb 14th, 2020
The 10 Best Booths at Frieze Los Angeles
Inside the Weird and Magical Collections of Artists
Jun 2nd, 2017
Inside the Weird and Magical Collections of Artists
Alex Israel on L.A. Horizons and Future Horizons
Jun 26th, 2015
Alex Israel on L.A. Horizons and Future Horizons
The Artsy Questionnaire: Ivanka Trump Shares her Philosophy on Art, Collecting, Technology & More
Sep 12th, 2013
The Artsy Questionnaire: Ivanka Trump Shares her Philosophy on Art, Collecting, Technology & More
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