Cate Blanchett, Interpreted: 9 Female Artists and Photographers Expose the Actress's Power as a Muse in a Special Issue of W Magazine
At the Cannes Film Festival this year, 82 women, all of whom have starred in, directed, written, or otherwise worked on movies, including many that have been shown over the festival’s 72-year history, were celebrated together on the long red carpet that leads to the Grand Théâtre Lumière. It was a beautiful and profound statement that spoke directly to the #MeToo movement. Instead of commiserating about injustice, these women, from different backgrounds and countries, were proudly displaying their talent, range, and creativity.
Art Shows to Leave the House for this Month
Currently on at The Photographers’ Gallery is a major new exhibition of Alex Prager – the first-mid career survey of the American photographer and filmmaker. The show spans two floors and including over 40 photographs, as well as her notable large-scale Technicolour images and her entire film oeuvre.
The Threat of Being Seen
Prager is known for photographing psychological, hypervivid, theatrically constructed scenes that evoke stills from classic Hollywood films, as evident in her new monograph Silver Lake Drive (2018). Cinematic and filmic are adjectives frequently applied to Prager’s photographs, but for Prager that means more than a purely aesthetic quality.
Alex Prager's Vision is an Unsettling Retelling of the American Dream
“Everything around me is a potential ingredient”, says LA-based photographer and filmmaker Alex Prager about where she finds the ideas for her trademark stylised compositions. Considering that Prager is best known for her highly saturated and staged images of emotional, lipsticked females that riff on Hitchcock heroines, her work’s rooting in the everyday is somewhat surprising. “Real life characters and experiences always spark some sort of seed, even a characteristic, or the outfit a person wears is a thread to a larger narrative that I can build on. I don’t go out and seek these ideas — they float around in my world.” On closer inspection, however, Prager’s attention to the particulars of her day-to-day environment is what lends her imagery its uniquely uncanny quality. Drawing on multiple references — most notably canonical American photographers William Eggleston (“After leaving an Eggleston exhibition at The Getty, over 10 years ago, I bought his book and that very same day decided to be a photographer”), Diane Arbus and Cindy Sherman, as well as Hollywood cinema — Prager’s photographs and films prompt an uneasy sensation that you’ve seen this before. Perhaps, it was at the movies, or glimpsed on a billboard somewhere, or even reminiscent of someone you once saw, her images appear to reenact moments of cinematic and cultural history, but with a strange and compelling magic all of their own.
Silver Lake Drive: Alex Prager unveils her latest exhibition.
Launching last week at The Photographers’ Gallery, LA-based photographer and filmmaker Alex Prager brings her iconic photographs to the masses. Looking through her decade long career, the exhibition sees her celebrated Crowd series amongst the collection of 40 photographs as will as her entire filmic oeuvre.
Alex Prager: Silver Lake Drive review
Time Out London
You get an eerie sense of déjà vu in this show of American artist Alex Prager’s photography. Seeing the drunken parties, suspicious faces and elaborate beach scenes she meticulously stages, you’re certain that each scenario is familiar – is it a classic American film you’ve seen a thousand times but can’t quite remember? Is it an old 1970s Coke ad? A vintage sitcom?
Alex Prager's Mid-Career Survey at The Photographers' Gallery
An American photographer and filmmaker, Alex Prager is known for film-like images of staged sets and models that reference a range of themes, from the history of Hollywood and photography to the cinematic image in art contexts. Exaggerated and costumed, her subjects speak to the ambiguity of seduction and spectacle.
Exploring Hollywood’s Sinister Underbelly, with Artist Alex Prager
California’s palm-lined streets, intense sunshine and abundant blue skies are embedded in our cultural consciousness. The city is the epitome of the American dream, imbued with cinematic characteristics and symbolising the promise of perfection. It attracts those seeking reinvention, or who simply desire to become something they are not – but buried just beneath this fantasy lies a potent sense of unease and existential dread.
The Big Picture: Alex Prager’s Preflight Pawns
Technically a photograph, this is actually a still from a nonexistent film. Alex Prager – who has a show later this month at the Photographers’ Gallery in London, plus a lavish retrospective book, Silver Lake Drive – does not snatch momentary excerpts from life. Instead the American photographer assembles a cast of characters, directorially positions them, and instructs them to enact private dramas derived from a script she writes in advance.
STAGE DIRECTOR: ALEX PRAGER'S METICULOUS CRAFT ON VIEW @ LEHMANN MAUPIN, HONG KONG
Lehmann Maupin is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Alex Prager. The Los Angeles-based artist returns to Hong Kong with her signature style of theatrical and meticulously staged photography and film, as well as her first exhibited sculpture. In her most recent series, Prager manipulates scale and dimension to challenge our understanding of the boundary between fiction and reality. The show is on view through March 17, 2018.
Alex Prager: Syrup with Medicine
Photography is Art
Alex Prager's highly proficient artistic sense effortlessly lured her into the world of photography. Not only has she built a career on it, her interest also extends into filmmaking, placing her under the international spotlight of photography and film. Many of her achievements such as the 2012 Emmy award and publications in prominent magazines, including New York Magazine and Vogue have validated her professionalism and passion for her craft.
The All-Woman Wing Social Club Debuts Its Lavish New Brooklyn Space With a Feminist Art Show
Dotting the soaring, light-filled space are works by Alex Prager, Alice Lancaster, Lana Barkin, Tina Barney, Pamela Hanson, Louise Parker, and Martine Fougeron, among others. The works are all for sale, as are those in the Picture Room, a woman-run gallery housed in the new Brooklyn outpost of the Wing.
Three to see in Hong Kong
There’s something pleasingly over-the-top in Alex Prager’s photographs. While the subject (a woman crossing the street, a crowded club) often suggests something of street photography, the photographs instantly reveal their own artificiality, so apparent is the staging that went into their creation.
The meticulously staged photographs and films of Los Angeles-based artist Alex Prager (b. 1979) revel in this confusion, using manipulation to challenge perceptions of certainty and fiction. A recent series, on display at Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong, uses scale and dimension to highlight the palpable artifice of its own creation