Alex Prager - ULTIMATE Evening & Photographs Day Sales London Thursday, May 17, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Lehmann Maupin, New York

  • Literature

    A. Prager, Face in the Crowd, Washington, D.C.: Corcoran Gallery of Art, 2013, pp. 22-23

  • Catalogue Essay

    'On the first day of filming, I showed up to set and I basically saw every wig and every costume and every prop that I had collected over the past twelve years since I started, and it was really this moment for me where I felt like all of the pictures I had taken over the years were kind of like a lesson, or a study, on how to make these ‘crowd’ photos because, if you crop out one person out of the crowd you can get the sense of my earlier images, or I get that sense, and everything I had been collecting over the years was on set that first day.'

    Alex Prager on filming Face in the Crowd

  • 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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Crowd #11 (Cedar and Broad Street)

Archival pigment print, flush-mounted.
Image: 149.5 x 142 cm (58 7/8 x 55 7/8 in.)
Frame: 153.5 x 146 cm (60 3/8 x 57 1/2 in.)

Signed, titled, dated and numbered 6/6 in ink on an artist label affixed to the reverse of the frame.

£25,000 - 35,000 

Sold for £43,750

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