Alex Israel, ‘Self-Portrait (Signature)’, 2014-15, Sotheby's

From the Catalogue
"The Warner Bros. Design Studio functions for Alex like a Renaissance artist's workshop. The techniques, the materials, the stunning organization: This is instantly aligned to the history of Western painting. And for him, it's a kind of performative gesture to have that space."
Kevin Salatino, Director of the Huntington Library, San Marino, quoted in Gary Baum, "L.A.'s Most Sought-After Artist Works Out of Warner Bros.' Backlot 'Like a Trojan Horse,'" The Hollywood Reporter, January 2016
—Courtesy of Sotheby's

Signature: signed and dated 2014-15 on the reverse

San Marino, The Huntington Library, Art Collection and Botanical Gardens, Alex Israel at the Huntington, December 2015 - July 2016, pp. 53 & 55, illustrated in color
Berlin, Galerie Max Hetzler, Open Source: Art at the Eclipse of Capitalism, March - April 2015

Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner

About Alex Israel

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.

American, b. 1982, Los Angeles, California, based in Los Angeles, California