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© Alex Israel/Bildupphovsrätt 2020
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Category:Sculptures
Date:2010s
On View:Stockholm
Artist
Alex Israel
Born 1982
United States Self-Portrait (Wetsuit), 2015
Självporträtt (Våtdräkt)
Acrylic on aluminium
201,2 × 71,1 × 55,9 cm
Sculptures
Donation 2018 from Jens Grede, Erik Torstensson och Carl Kostyál
MOM/2018/103 On view at Stockholm
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- About the work
For Alex Israel, who was born and raised in Los Angeles, the Hollywood world of movies and TV is ever-present. Wanting to create a work of art for teenagers, Israel made the feature film “SPF-18” in collaboration with Michael Berk, creator of the TV series Baywatch. In this coming-of-age story, the young protagonists search for their own voice by being creative. One of them designs wetsuits. In the twilight colours of the Los Angeles sky, they are a success on the beach in Malibu. The wetsuit reappears here as a fragmentary self-portrait, cast after the artist’s body and inspired by the classical Greek bronze sculpture Victorious Youth at the Getty Villa Museum in Pacific Palisades. 
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