Alex Prager - 20th Century & Contemporary Art: Online Auction, New York New York Thursday, December 7, 2023 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Yancey Richardson, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    London, Michael Hoppen Gallery, Alex Prager: Week End, June 10–July 7, 2010 (another example exhibited)
    New York, Yancey Richardson, Alex Prager: Despair, November 4–December 23, 2010
    New York, The Museum of Modern Art, New Photography, September 29, 2010–January 10, 2011 (another example exhibited)
    Savannah, SCAD Museum of Art, Alex Prager: Mise-en-scène, July 27, 2013–January 31, 2014 (another example exhibited)

  • Literature

    Sarah Kobos, "Face in the Crowd," ABC News, January 16, 2014, online (another example illustrated)
    Tim Fisher, "Alex Prager's Hollywood Redux," Broadsheet, December 3, 2014, online (another example illustrated)
    "Alex Prager Exhibition: National Gallery of Victoria," Australian Photography, November 4, 2014, online (another example illustrated)
    Sofia Ahlberg, "The American Dream is yours, and this is your wake-up call," The Conversation, February 18, 2015, online (another example illustrated)
    Lindsey Martin, "Alex Prager," Medium, October 28, 2015, online (another example illustrated)
    Faye & Lily, "Future Focus Vol 1: Photographer Alice Hutchison," Our Revolution, March 16, 2023, online (another example illustrated)

  • 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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Despair, Film Still #4

signed, titled, numbered and dated ""Film Still #4" 4/5 Alex Prager 2010" on a label affixed to the reverse of the backing board
chromogenic print, flush-mounted to Plexiglas
16 x 21 3/8 in. (40.6 x 54.3 cm)
Executed in 2010, this work is number 4 from an edition of 5.

$3,000 - 5,000 

Sold for $1,905

Contact Specialist

Katerina Blackwood
Associate Specialist, Head of Online Sales, New York
20th Century & Contemporary Art
+1 212 940 1248

20th Century & Contemporary Art: Online Auction, New York

7 - 14 December 2023