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Silver Lake Drive
© Alex Prager, Crowd #9 (Sunset Five), 2013, from the series Face in the Crowd
Courtesy Alex Prager Studio and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong

Alex Prager »

Silver Lake Drive

Exhibition: 3 Nov 2018 – 27 Jan 2019

Fri 2 Nov 18:30

MBAL Musée des beaux-arts

Marie-Anne-Calame 6
2400 Le Locle

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© Alex Prager, Desiree, 2008, from the series Big Valley
Courtesy Alex Prager Studio and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong

ALEX PRAGER
SILVER LAKE DRIVE
03.11.2018 – 27.01.2019
OPENING : FRIDAY, 2 NOVEMBER, 6.30 PM

MBAL is hosting the first retrospective of American photographer and filmmaker Alex Prager (b. 1979), one of the most iconic artists of our time. Prager’s unique body of work, built up over the past ten years, consists of photographs and films whose common denominator is a meticulously crafted mise-en-scène. An undeniable sense of Hollywood and pop culture permeates the work of this self-taught, Los Angeles-based artist. This exhibition brings together her most important series of photographs, which together evoke a universe filled with drama, emotion and humor. Los Angeles serves as both inspiration and backdrop for her compositions – carefully staged scenes bathed in an atmosphere both intriguing and seductive. Prager favors complex sets, unafraid to deploy hundreds of extras who, lost in thought, are given equal standing in her quasi tableaux vivants. She recreates everyday scenes with her trademark attention to detail, yet her artifice is invariably betrayed by a solitary female figure in the crowd, isolated by an angst all her own. The exhibition also includes five films – Prager describes her immersive film installations as ‘full-sensory versions’ of her photographs. At once timeless and era-specific, Prager’s instantly recognizable aesthetic veers between fantasy and hyperrealism. Hers is a world governed by a palpabletension between fact and fiction, superficiality and depth.

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© Alex Prager, Lois, 2009, from the series Week-end and the Long Weekend
Courtesy Alex Prager Studio and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong

This exhibition is organized by MBAL, in collaboration with Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York/Hong Kong. A book – published in English by Thames & Hudson and in French by Éditions Textuel – traces the brilliant trajectory of an artist whose work has been shown in some of the most prestigious museums in the world.

Silver Lake Drive
Author : Alex Prager

Essays written by Michael Govan, Clare Grafik, Michael Mansfield
Interview with Nathalie Herschdorfer
Published by Thames & Hudson for the English edition
Published by Éditions Textuel for the French edition
Pages : 224
Illustrations : 120
Publication date : 2018

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© Alex Prager, Crowd #7 (Bob Hope Airport), 2013, from the series Face in the Crowd
Courtesy Alex Prager Studio and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong
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© Alex Prager, 3.32pm, Coldwater Canyon, 2012
from the series Compulsion
Courtesy Alex Prager Studio and
Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong
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