Alex Israel

1982 · United States

Artist biography

Alex Israel is seen as an established mid-career contemporary artist, who originates from the United States, like other prominent artists such as David Kramer, Chris Ware, Bob Jackson, Lyle Ashton Harris, and Aaron Bohrod. Alex Israel was born in 1982.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Alex Israel's work is on display in 6 galleries around the world, in countries like the United Kingdom and the United States. Galleries include 10 Hanover Street in London, HOUSE OF GAGA // REENA SPAULINGS FINE ART in Los Angeles, and Gagosian | 980 Madison Avenue in New York. Alex Israel most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Gagosian | Grosvenor Hill in London (15 January 2020 until 13 March 2020) with the exhibition Always On My Mind. Alex Israel's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions at; Matthew Marks Gallery | 522 West 22nd Street in New York (28 June 2018 - 17 August 2018) with the name Painting Now and Forever, Part III and Reena Spaulings Fine Art in New York (01 May 2019 - 14 June 2019) with the name SOLO. Alex Israel's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called Painting Now and Forever, Part III and took place at Matthew Marks Gallery | 522 West 22nd Street in New York, the United States from the 28 June 2018 to 17 August 2018.

Alex Israel in private collections

There are two collectors in possession of art by Alex Israel at Artland. These collectors include Louis Kotze and Twice As Nice, who also has works by other artists including Marie Kølbæk Iversen, Wolfgang Tillmans, and Jesús Herrera Martínez.

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been key in the development of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, particularly in the post war period, when the cultural importance of New York assumed primacy over Paris, previously thought of as the most important art centre globally. Leading art movements developed and cultivated in extensive ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in diverse forms, Pop Art, including its West and East Coast variants, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, plus various post-modern iterations of these many types. In the modern and contemporary age, the United States has cultivated a strong influence upon the international visual culture, due to the hegemony of its economic and political institutions. Key examples of important U.S artists of the modern and contemporary era include Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

Further Biographical Context for Alex Israel

Alex Israel was born in 1982 and was primarily influenced by the 1990s growing up. Art in the 1990s was defined at the start of the decade by a group of artists in the United Kingdom that came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists. They were a diverse group of artists, affiliated loosely by their age, nationality, and their association with Goldsmiths and the Royal College of Art in London, alongside being favoured by super collector of the time Charles Saatchi. The most successful artist of the group is Damien Hirst, who was also an early organiser of group activities. Other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Wood. Much of their art became known for shock tactics and the sensationalism of both material and message. They also became famed for their use of throwaway materials, wild-living, and an attitude that was simultaneously counter-culture rebellion but also entrepreneurial. They achieved considerable amount of media coverage and dominated British art during the 1990s. Their international shows in the mid-1990s included the now legendary ‘Sensation'. Also gaining prominence at this time was an emergent trend in Japan related to the huge boom in advertising and consumerism that took place during the economic dominance of the 1980s. The indigenous comic book culture of manga, allied to trends in advertising, graphic design and packaging, saw a young artist called Takashi Murakami develop his theories which he coined ’Superflat’. Influenced by his experiences in New York City in the mid-1990s, Murakami was to form a significant collective called Kaikaikiki, which became internationally renowned as an artistic group.

Alex Israel

  • Artworks in Collections 2
  • Exhibitions 5

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