ART & DESIGN

Photos: Alex Israel: Stars in his Eyes

Is the artist Hollywood’s most clever critic? Or its biggest fan?


Photographer: Matthias Vriens-McGrath
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Photographer: Matthias Vriens-McGrath

Alex Israel, in Malibu, on the set of his film SPF-18, with the actors Bianca Santos and Noah Centineo, May 2015.

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Easter Island, a series of totems erected for the 2012 Venice Beach Biennial. Courtesy of Joshua White.

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View of the exhibition SUMMER, 2015.

Zarko Vijatovic/courtesy of the artist and Almine Rech Gallery.

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Lens (Jade), 2013.

Zarko Vijatovic/Courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York.

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Maltese Falcon, 2013.

Courtesy of Matteo D’Eletto.

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The Bigg Chill, a 2012 work in which a frozen yogurt swirl is rendered in marble.

Hans-Georg Gaul/Courtesy of Peres Projects.

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Casting, a 2015 sculpture inspired by the mold from which Oscar statuettes are made.

Joshua White/Courtesy of the artist and Gagosian Gallery.

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Photographer: Matthias Vriens-McGrath

On the set of SPF-18: Actor Sean Russel Herman.

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Keanu Reeves.

Courtesy of Rachel Chandler.

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Molly Ringwald.

Courtesy of Rachel Chandler.

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Actor Noah Centineo and actress Carson Meyer.

Courtesy of Rachel Chandler.

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Noah Centineo.

Courtesy of Rachel Chandler.

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Israel’s Cap, 2015.

Kevin Todora/Courtesy of the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas

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Glove, 2015.

Joshua White/Courtesy of the artist and Gagosian Gallery.

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Self Portrait (Wetsuit), 2015.

Kevin Todora/Courtesy of the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas.

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Sky Backdrop, 2015, behind two sculptures by Alberto Giacometti, at the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, 2015.

Kevin Todora/Courtesy of the artist.

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A billboard of Self Portrait, 2013, on L.A.’s Sunset Strip.

Courtesy of Michael Underwood.

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A detail of Movie Star Maps, a room-size mural commissioned by Jeffrey Deitch for his L.A. home.

Courtesy of Michael Underwood.

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Melanie Griffith and Israel, at the MOCA screening and performance of As It Lays, Los Angeles, 2012.

Stefanie Keenan/WireImage/Getty Images.

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Installation view of “Alex Israel,” an exhibition at Museo Civico Diocesano di Santa Maria dei Servi, Città della Pieve, Italy, 2012.

Ornella Tiberi/Courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York.

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Self Portrait (Dodgers), 2014–2015, currently on view at the Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Joshua White/Courtesy of the artist and Gagosian Gallery.

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Valet Parking, 2013, a mural installed for the solo exhibition “Alex Israel” at Le Consortium, Dijon, France, 2013.

Ornella Tiberi.