Alex Prager

1979 · United States

Artist biography

Alex Prager is an established mid-career artist, who originates from the United States, like other celebrated artists such as Taylor Kibby, Alex Maclean, Norman Kanter, Chad Hasegawa, and Lex Brown. Alex Prager was born in 1979.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Alex Prager's work is available for viewing at Lehmann Maupin | New York in the United States. Alex Prager's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Silver Lake Drive at Galleria Carla Sozzani in Milan, Italy. The exhibition was open from 14 September 2019 until 05 January 2020. Alex Prager's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; Play the Wind (04 September 2019 - 25 October 2019) at Lehmann Maupin | New York in the United States and Flora / Fauna (25 June 2019 - 14 August 2019) at Josée Bienvenu Gallery in the United States.

Alex Prager in private collections

It is the collector Mike Shagner, who is in possession of work by Alex Prager at Artland. Mike Shagner also has works by other artists including Douglas Mandry, Cristiano Carotti, and Marie Kølbæk Iversen.

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been a major country in the development of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, particularly in the post war period, when the cultural prominence of New York assumed primacy over Paris, formerly thought of as the most powerful art hub internationally. Major art movements established and cultivated in extensive ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in various forms, Pop Art, including its West and East Coast variations, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, plus various post-modern iterations of these many types. In the modern and contemporary sphere, the United States has cultivated a strong influence upon the visual culture of the World, due to the dominion of its economic and political structures. 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 Prager

Born in 1979, Alex Prager's creative work was primarily inspired by the 1990s. In the United Kingdom, a collective of artists known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, dominated the artistic culture of the decade. They were a loosely affiliated and diverse group, connected generally by their age and nationality. A number of the members had attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by Charles Saatchi, the ‘super collector’ of art at the time. The most well-known member of the group is arguably Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). Through their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, the YBAs gained a divisive public image which was further fuelled by their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an attitude that was at the same time rebellious and entrepreneurial. The group was predominant in the British art scene in the 1990s and their group show ‘Sensation’ is now viewed as legendary. Relational Aesthetics, a term coined by curator Nicholas Bourriaud to describe the act of making art based on human relations and their social context, became a influential idea in the 1990s. Works by artists such as Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as key artists who worked to this idea.

Alex Prager

  • Artworks in Collections 1
  • Exhibitions 3

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