Always On My Mind
Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 6:15pm
Gagosian, Grosvenor Hill, London
Join Gagosian for a tour of Alex Israel: Always On My Mind, an exhibition of new Self-Portraits by the artist, led by Gagosian director Millicent Wilner. In this ongoing series of photorealistic paintings, Israel frames quintessential Los Angeles scenery and snippets from his daily life inside crisp cut-out silhouettes of his own profile. The artist addresses the effortless visual gloss that twenty-first-century image culture and social media demand of their participants. To attend the free event, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited.
Installation view, Alex Israel: Always On My Mind, Gagosian, Grosvenor Hill, London, January 16–March 14, 2020. Artwork © Alex Israel. Photo: Lucy Dawkins
Alex Israel, Bettina Korek, Hans Ulrich Obrist
July 29–August 2, 2019, 10am–3pm
Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, Colorado
Alex Israel, Bettina Korek, and Hans Ulrich Obrist will host a five-day seminar for practicing artists at Anderson Ranch. Through lectures, discussions, readings, and critiques, the trio will guide artists deeper into the concepts behind their work and their agency in the art world.
Bettina Korek, Hans Ulrich Obrist, and Alex Israel
Louis Vuitton X
June 28–November 10, 2019
Louis Vuitton X, Beverly Hills
Louis Vuitton X celebrates the fashion house’s 160-year history of artistic collaborations and marks the world premiere of the Artycapucines Collection. The line includes limited-edition reinterpretations of the label’s iconic Capucines bag by six artists including Urs Fischer, Alex Israel, and Jonas Wood. The exhibition also brings together a collection of early twentieth-century special-order trunks, art deco perfume bottles, iconic Monogram bags reworked by artists such as Frank Gehry and Cindy Sherman, and original collaborations by artists such as Richard Prince.
Jonas Wood’s limited-edition Louis Vuitton Artycapucines bag
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
The new Gagosian Quarterly offers unprecedented behind-the-art access, and insightful editorials by leading art world professionals. The Spring 2017 launch issue features a cover by Rudolf Stingel, along with articles on Pablo Picasso, Jeff Koons, Cy Twombly, and Taryn Simon. Highlights include conversations with Katy Siegel and Christopher Wool, Nicolas Berggruen, Katharina Grosse, Thomas Houseago, Alex Israel and Bret Easton Ellis, among others. http://gagosianquarterly.com
Cover by Rudolf Stingel