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Beatriz González at KW Institute for Contemporary Art: In Focus Ocula Report Beatriz González at KW Institute for Contemporary Art: In Focus 14 Dec 2018 : Pia Chakraverti-Wuerthwein for Ocula

Retrospective 1965–2017, Beatriz González's exhibition at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin (13 October 2018–6 January 2019), presents a selection of 120 works that bear witness to Colombia's political and social upheavals of the last 50 years. Throughout, the link between González's practice and the sociopolitical context it references...

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Ingrid Schaffner Ocula Conversation Ingrid Schaffner Curator, 57th Carnegie International

Founded by industrialist Andrew Carnegie as part of the Carnegie Institute in 1895, Carnegie Museum sought to 'bring the world' to the city with a grand building housing a natural history museum, a library, and an art museum operating as a fluid space for knowledge exchange. In its 123-year history, the institution has built up a world-class...

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Extra States: Nations in Liquidation at Kunsthal Extra City Ocula Report Extra States: Nations in Liquidation at Kunsthal Extra City 8 Dec 2018 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

The nation-state—a nation (a people) presided over by a governing body with jurisdiction over a defined territory (the state)—is either going through a renaissance or demise, depending on one's perspective. There has been talk about the nation-state's end for years—from a 2013 United States National Intelligence Council report...

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Alex Israel

b. 1982, USA

Contemporary artist Alex Israel examines through his work the culture of film and media industries in his native Los Angeles. He works across a range of media including painting, film, and sculpture. Israel received a Bachelor of Arts at Yale University in 2003 and then went on to complete a Master of Fine Arts at the University of Southern California’s Roski School of Fine Arts in 2010.

Reflecting on his home town with both a sense of sentimentality and curiosity, Israel’s body of work serves as an anthropological study of celebrity culture and the idealised American dream. His works are an homage to LA, rather than a critique, and offer an insight on an obsession shared by many, about Hollywood and all it represents. His 2015 work Casting, a replica of the mould from which Oscar awards are made, is yet another reflection of the infatuation with celebrity.

Among Israel’s most notable works is his talk show As It Lays, a series of 33 televisual portraits of iconic celebrities who have contributed to Los Angeles’ cultural history. Guests, who have included such names as Molly Ringwald, Quincy Jones, Marilyn Manson, and Bret Easton Ellis, are asked a series of mundane questions read from note cards and are tasked with determining their own portrait.

The artist’s recent solo exhibitions have included #AlexIsrael at Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo (2016); Summer at Almine Rech gallery, Paris (2015); The Los Angeles Project at Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2014); and Alex Israel: Self-Portraits at Peres Projects, Berlin (2013).

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Featured Artworks

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Pelican by Alex Israel contemporary artwork Alex IsraelPelican, 2017 External: Acrylic on fiberglass. Internal: stainless steel, aluminum, plastic
38 x 203 x 119 cm
Almine Rech Gallery
Self-Portrait (Wetsuit) by Alex Israel contemporary artwork Alex IsraelSelf-Portrait (Wetsuit), 2017 Acrylic on aluminum
140 x 61 x 45.7 cm
Almine Rech Gallery
Self-Portrait (Wetsuit) by Alex Israel contemporary artwork Alex IsraelSelf-Portrait (Wetsuit), 2017 Acrylic on aluminum
140 x 61 x 45.7 cm
Almine Rech Gallery
Self-Portrait (Wetsuit) by Alex Israel contemporary artwork Alex IsraelSelf-Portrait (Wetsuit), 2017 Acrylic on aluminum
140 x 61 x 45.7 cm
Almine Rech Gallery
Self-Portrait (Wetsuit) by Alex Israel contemporary artwork Alex IsraelSelf-Portrait (Wetsuit), 2017 Acrylic on aluminum
140 x 61 x 45.7 cm
Almine Rech Gallery
Self-Portrait (Wetsuit) by Alex Israel contemporary artwork Alex IsraelSelf-Portrait (Wetsuit), 2017 Acrylic on aluminum
140 x 61 x 45.7 cm
Almine Rech Gallery
Self-Portrait (Wetsuit) by Alex Israel contemporary artwork Alex IsraelSelf-Portrait (Wetsuit), 2017 Acrylic on aluminum
140 x 61 x 45.7 cm
Almine Rech Gallery
Self-Portrait (Wetsuit) by Alex Israel contemporary artwork Alex IsraelSelf-Portrait (Wetsuit), 2017 Acrylic on aluminum
140 x 61 x 45.7 cm
Almine Rech Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Alex Israel, Summer 2 at Almine Rech Gallery, Paris
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10 June–29 July 2017 Alex Israel Summer 2 Almine Rech Gallery, Paris
Contemporary art exhibition, Alex Israel, Summer at Almine Rech Gallery, Paris
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13 June–25 July 2015 Alex Israel Summer Almine Rech Gallery, Paris
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition curated by Nicolas Trembley, Platform at Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels
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5 June–26 July 2014 Group Exhibition curated by Nicolas Trembley Platform Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels

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Alex Israel Ocula Conversation Alex Israel Artist, USA

In an essay for Art in America which he wrote in 2013, Alex Israel states of the 90s television classic Saved by the Bell that as a kid growing up in LA, this ‘was the realest thing [he] knew.’ Israel goes on to explain that after going to college (at Yale), the show ‘became the "ultrasimplistic, hyperstereotypical and...

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Finding The Desert In The Desert: The Los Angeles Project At Ucca, Beijing Ocula Report Finding The Desert In The Desert: The Los Angeles Project At Ucca, Beijing 30 Sep 2014 : Robin Peckham for Ocula

Ask a Beijing artist where they would like to spend time abroad living, working, seeing exhibitions, meeting artists and curators, and the answer is invariably New York. Aside from the obvious attractions, New York appears culturally exotic; there seems to be a consensus that Beijing, as an art center and urban environment, operates somehow more...

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In Related Press

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Preview: Art Brussels Related Press Preview: Art Brussels Elephant : 19 April 2017

'Art Brussels believes in galleries that support their artists throughout their evolution... We are definitely not interested in showing work in a supermarket-like style.' We speak with Anne Vierstraete, Managing Director of Art Brussels, as the fair nears its thirty-fifth edition.

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Overpop Related Press Overpop ArtAsiaPacific : 19 December 2016

With two years' worth of research and multiple studio visits by the Yuz Museum's founding director Budi Tek and his team, along with New York-based gallerist Jeffrey Deitch and Karen Smith, director of OCAT Xi'an contemporary art center in China—the exhibition Overpop developed into a cross-cultural exchange of artists who are seen as a new...

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The art in this show followed me out of the museum, told me I was going to die Related Press The art in this show followed me out of the museum, told me I was going to die Observer : 16 September 2016

At the Jewish Museum, Halloween lovers can trick-or-treat a month early.In Take Me (I’m Yours), which opened today, all of the works by a roster of 42 international artists can be taken away. Visitors can leave with a T-shirt designed by Rirkrit Tiravanija, a blue and red pin conceived by Alex Israel, a tissue from Haim Steinbach’s...

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Explore LA's fame obsession with giant 3D postcards Related Press Explore LA's fame obsession with giant 3D postcards The Creators Project : 4 July 2016

Is there more to LA than being the home of Hollywood and the epicenter of celebrity culture? Undoubtedly, but it is through the city’s many clichés that artist Alex Israel seeks to better understand the metropolis and the larger fame-driven culture. The LA-born artist’s solo show, #AlexIsrael, at Oslo’s Astrup Fearnley Museum of...

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