John Kelsey, Jon Leon, Eric Troncy, Paris, 2017.
Hardcover, 456 pp., Color, b/w illus. throughout.
"Dedicated to Alex Israel, a multimedia artist whose work takes the city of Los Angeles as both iconographic source and main subject, this richly illustrated monograph offers a chronological overview of the artist’s variegated projects, from paintings, sculptures, and webseries, to flashmobs, an eyewear brand, and more. Each is introduced by a short text written by Israel. Mining the “food chain” of showbiz and celebrity culture while embracing clichés, the artist interrogates and confounds the fine line between talent and raw material, reframing manufactured items whose formal and auratic properties are often overlooked. For Israel, the American dream remains a potent force."