Thursday, April 11, 2019, 6–9pm, booth H13
Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles
During the opening night of the LA Art Book Fair, Alex Israel will sign copies of his new book, SPF-18, at Westreich Wagner’s booth. This publication accompanies the artist’s 2017 feature film of the same name and includes on-set photography, behind-the-scenes imagery, and the full script. It is a beautifully illustrated artist book that visually narrates the film’s storyline and documents the filmmaking process, co-published by Gagosian and Westreich Wagner. To attend the event, purchase tickets at www.printedmatter.org.
Alex Israel: SPF-18 (New York: Gagosian; New York: Westreich Wagner, 2019)
Sunday, July 29, 2018, 6pm
Southampton Arts Center, New York
Alex Israel’s 2017 film SPF-18 will be screened at the Southampton Art Center. The artist will introduce the film followed by a conversation with Israel and Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan, film writer and curator. To attend the event, purchase tickets at southamptonartscenter.org.
Alex Israel, SPF-18, 2017 (film still) © Alex Israel
December 6–10, 2017
Moore Building, Miami
On the occasion of Art Basel Miami Beach 2017, Gagosian and Jeffrey Deitch are pleased to present Abstract/Not Abstract, their third collaboration at the Moore Building in the Miami Design District. One of the great innovations of modernism, abstract painting continues to inspire and challenge artists. To make a fresh abstraction today following all the remarkable achievements of the School of Paris and the New York School is a daunting proposition. Yet through the use of innovative approaches, techniques, and technologies, this generation of artists is creating complex and astonishing new work that revitalizes the abstract tradition. Abstract/Not Abstract will include work by contemporary artists who redefine abstraction for our time.
Steven Parrino, Untitled, 1988 © Steven Parrino
Talk and Book Signing
Sunday, November 12, 2017, 4–6pm
Art Catalogues at Los Angeles
Museum of Contemporary Art
Alex Israel will speak with critic and curator Jack Bankowsky on the occasion of the publication of his new book, Alex Israel, b. 1982, Los Angeles. Following the discussion, Israel will sign copies of the book.
Alex Israel, b. 1982, Los Angeles (Dijon, France: Les Presses du Reel, 2017)
Saturday, November 4, 2017, 2–4pm
Mixografia, Los Angeles
Alex Israel collaborated with Mixografia to create a new suite of six prints. The reception is open to the public. The prints will be on display through December 16, 2017.
Alex Israel, Self-Portrait, 2017 © Alex Israel. Photo: courtesy Mixografía
Le Sirenuse, Positano, Italy
Alex Israel has created Amalfi Dr. (2017), a site-specific mural for the legendary hotel Le Sirenuse in Positano, Italy.
Named after the Pacific Palisades street (that was named after Italy’s most famous coastline), the work unites the landscapes of Israel’s hometown with that of its site and transforms the hotel’s barrel vaulted grand stairwell into a tropical banana palm grove. The banana palm—that ubiquitous symbol of California life and all the good it has to offer—fares equally will in the Mediterranean climate. At Le Sirenuse, robust potted examples grow alongside their newly painted counterparts; fact confronts fiction, reality and fantasy collide.
Photo by Roberto Salamone
As It Lays
Bret Easton Ellis and Alex Israel
As It Lays is a multimedia project created by Alex Israel and is comprised of thirty-three “televisual portraits” on influential Angelenos, to use the term employed to describe somebody who lives in Los Angeles. In this episode of the show, Israel asks author Bret Easton Ellis a diverse set of questions.
March 17–April 28, 2018
Kunstraum Innsbruck, Austria
This spring at Kunstraum Innsbruck Alex Israel presents a new body of work, Waves, low-relief sculptural friezes inspired by surfing wet suits and Hokusai. Each “wave” is an elaboration on a recurring graphic motif from Israel’s 2017 film SPF-18 and is painted in colors drawn from the film’s unique palette.
Alex Israel, Wave 9, 2017–18 © Alex Israel. Photo by Jeff McLane
The Classical Now
March 2–April 28, 2018
King’s College, London
The Classical Now pairs the work of modern and contemporary artists with classical Greek and Roman antiquities. The exhibition traces the ways in which Greco-Roman art has captured and permeated modern imagination, while exploring the myriad continuities and contrasts between the ancient, modern, and contemporary, revealing the “classical” as a living and fluid tradition. Work by Michael Craig-Martin, Damien Hirst, Alex Israel, Yves Klein, Roy Lichtenstein, Henry Moore, Bruce Nauman, Pablo Picasso, and Rachel Whiteread is included.
Roy Lichtenstein, Temple, 1964 © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein
The Marciano Collection
May 25–September 16, 2017
Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles
Unpacking: The Marciano Collection is the debut presentation of the collection’s holdings organized by Philipp Kaiser. The title and theme of the show are derived from Walter Benjamin’s essay “Unpacking My Library,” in which he discusses the chaotic potentiality inherent in unpacking and recontextualizing one’s collection. Work by Mark Grotjahn, Thomas Houseago, Alex Israel, Takashi Murakami, Albert Oehlen, Sterling Ruby, Cindy Sherman, Franz West, Jonas Wood, and Christopher Wool is included.
Photo by Robert Wedemeyer
99 Cents or Less
May 19–August 6, 2017
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
A major group exhibition of ninety-nine artists based in the United States addresses Detroit’s ongoing economic crisis and its 2013 bankruptcy. Four years after a federal judge approved Detroit’s bankruptcy-exit plan, the city’s financial present and future are still in flux. This exhibition is a reflection on the realities of a city that was once one of the country’s wealthiest and most diverse. Work by Piero Golia, Alex Israel, Adam McEwen, Josephine Meckseper, and Sterling Ruby is included.
Sterling Ruby, 99/MK, 2017. Photo by Robert Wedemeyer
March 8–July 9, 2017
Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon, France
This exhibition presents works that have become synonymous with the image of Los Angeles. Pioneers like Ed Ruscha are included alongside younger artists such as Alex Israel and Jonas Wood.
Jonas Wood, Landscape Pot with Flower Chair, 2016
Using Walls, Floors, and Ceilings
November 4, 2016–April 23, 2017
Jewish Museum, New York
Alex Israel’s Self-Portrait (Mom) (2016)—a new painting in the artist’s ongoing Self-Portrait series—is currently on view at the Jewish Museum. A scenic portrait of the artist’s mother within an outsize silhouette of the artist’s head in profile, the work was commissioned for the museum’s ongoing program, Using Walls, Floors, and Ceilings, which invites artists to create or adapt a work for the museum’s lobby.
Alex Israel, Self-Portrait (Mom), 2016.
Photo by Will Ragozzino