Artist Alex Israel teams up with photographer David Mushegain
On the occasion of today's opening of Alex Israel "Summer" exhibition at galerie Almine Rech in Paris, Numéro shares the story shot by the artist with photographer David Mushegain and model Jessica Miller for the June issue.
Rosanna Arquette, Larry Flint, Vidal Sassoon, Bret Easton Ellis… Alex Israel enlisted all those who’ve made the recent history of Los Angeles in Warhol-style interviews that he filmed in 2012 for the project As it Lays, whose logo was inspired by his own portrait.
Since then, the self-portrait of this artist born in 1982 has become a recurring feature of his work, which is semi autobiographical and includes paintings that he produces in the Warner Bros. workshops. Israel’s oeuvre isn’t just a declaration of love to Los Angeles as the cradle of a whole culture of art, cinema and television that floods the entire planet, it’s also a non-violent portrait of the art system in its current state, including in the way he exploits all that system’s quirks and aberrations. In its very form, Israel’s work is of a perverse sophistication that has very few rivals and that is frighteningly effective.
By Éric Troncy
Summer, Alex Israel, from June 13th to July 25th, galerie Almine Rech, 64 rue de Turenne 75004 Paris.
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