CAA Signs Artist Alex Israel (Exclusive)

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Alex Israel

The Los Angeles native recently completed his first feature, ‘SPF-18.’

CAA has signed artist Alex Israel, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned.

The Los Angeles native’s work focuses on his hometown, particularly its role in shaping popular culture and its obsession with celebrity. Last year, he collaborated with Bret Easton Ellis on a series of text paintings that opened during Oscar Week at Beverly Hills’ Gagosian Gallery. His work also is displayed in the permanent collections of museums including MOMA, the Whitney, the Guggenheim, LACMA, MOCA, Centre Pompidou, Moderna Museet, the Broad and the Hirshhorn.

Israel has been delving into filmmaking as well. He recently completed his first feature, SPF-18, a coming-of-age film steeped in Malibu surf culture. His web series As It Lays, which he began in 2011, features interviews with L.A. icons including Laird Hamilton, Quincy Jones, Larry Flynt, Melanie Griffith and Angelyne.

CAA’s other artist clients include Julian Schnabel, Steve McQueen, Daniel Arsham and Rachel Rose.