Gavin Brown

 LaToya Ruby Frazier,  Students and Residents outside Northwestern High School (est. 1964) awaiting the arrival of President Barack Obama, May 4th 2016, III

LaToya Ruby Frazier, Students and Residents outside Northwestern High School (est. 1964)
awaiting the arrival of President Barack Obama, May 4th 2016, III

Is gallery just a business? Or are galleries also in the business of making community? By Alison Gingeras

 Gavin Brown (links) und Daniel Baumann (rechts)

Gavin Brown (links) und Daniel Baumann (rechts)

The New York-based gallerist Gavin Brown and the Swiss curator Daniel Baumann take a shot at an unromantic view of the art market. It turns out depressing, entertaining, and instructive at once.

 Photo: Johannes Worsøe Berg

Photo: Johannes Worsøe Berg

The New York-based Norwegian artist is drawn to big subjects – violence, sexuality, destruction, aging, self-expression. His exhibitions are dense installations packed with paintings, sculptures, readymades, photographs, and contributions from friends working with art, design, or literature. Jennifer Krasinski speaks to him about the visual dimension of writing, the death drive in homosexuality, and the irrelevance of cultural relevance.

 Movie Star Maps, 2014 Detail of room-sized mural installation, Los Feliz, California Photo: Michael Underwood

Movie Star Maps, 2014
Detail of room-sized mural installation, Los Feliz, California
Photo: Michael Underwood

Alex Israel was born in Los Angeles in 1982. His practice is multi-faceted, employing a variety of media to accommodate the many and varied flavors of his particular West Coast aesthetic. His blown-up sun shades, airbrushed self-portraits, and Hollywood props belie a deeply layered set of personal and pop cultural references that expertly reorient their context. His As It LAys series of celebrity interviews reflect the miracle and wonder that is life in L.A. and helped to bring a greater attention to his sun-drenched artworks. Since 2010 he has operated a sunglasses company called Freeway Eyewear that has lately begun collaborating with marquee artists to design new looks. The next collaboration is scheduled for release this holiday season. Israel is an unvaryingly upbeat artist, consistently delivering a cool optimism across his oeuvre. What is his secret? An interview by Jon Leon.