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  • Provenance

    M+B, Los Angeles
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    Stella Bugbee, "Tastemaker: Alex Prager Loves a Redhead, Sent Lara Stone Up a Tornado," The Cut, February 7, 2012
    Bryony Quinn, "Alex Prager stages a cinematic tale of death and compulsion in heavy noir style…," It's Nice That, April 20, 2012 (illustrated)
    Carl Swanson, "Can't Look Away: Photographer Alex Prager's high-intensity L.A. melodrama," New York Magazine, April 2012
    Matt Swain, "Pulp Fiction: Alex Prager: Compulsion at M+B, Los Angeles," Aesthetica, May 9, 2012
    "LUMEN Festival Transforms 150,000 Tons Of Salt Into Surreal Playground," Huffingtonpost, June 25, 2012
    Rob Wilkes, "Crowd Control: Alex Prager marshals the action in an ambitious new series...," We Heart, November 19, 2013

  • Artist Biography

    Alex Prager

    American • 1979

    Influenced by pulp fiction and cinematic tropes, self-taught photographer and film-maker Alex Prager creates striking, sometimes unnerving images that are filled with a dynamic cast of characters. The hyperreal worlds she creates are packed with human melodrama, like the retro 'damsel in distress' character that regularly makes appearances in Prager's brightly colored and dramatically lit scenes.

    With influences ranging from David Lynch, Alfred Hitchcock, William Eggleston, Cindy Sherman, and Gregory Crewdson, Prager references the vivid aesthetics of mid-twentieth century American cinema and photography. Pairing photographs alongside her films as part of her practice, Prager presents an eerie, alternative world where more questions are asked than answered. 

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La Petite Mort

signed, titled, numbered and dated "Film Still #7; #12; #11; #9; #10; #8 8/15 Alex Prager 2012" on six artist's labels accompanying the work; embossed "8/15" on the interior of the cloth clamshell portfolio
6 chromogenic prints and digital video, plate list and film poster colophon contained in a portfolio
each 17 x 22 in. (43.2 x 55.9 cm.)
poster 20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.6 cm.)
portfolio 25 x 19 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. (63.5 x 49.5 x 3.8 cm.)

Executed in 2012, this work is number 8 from an edition of 15 and is accompanied by a letter of thanks dated November 29, 2012 signed by the artist.

$20,000 - 30,000 

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New Now

New York Auction 20 September 2016