Alex Prager, “Wendy” from the series Week-End, 2010.

Alex Prager (b. 1979) is a self-taught photographer who lives and works in LA. Her work has been compared to the cinematic stylings of everyone from Cindy Sherman to Alfred Hitchcock to David Lynch, but immediately reminds me of Polanski’s Chinatown, which is basically the pinnacle of the neo-noir genre. In Prager’s work, we see the meeting of its two most prominent tropes—the imperiled and morally ambiguous femme fatale and the ominous, decaying Los Angelean sprawl. 

Among Prager’s elaborate elaborate, off-kilter compositions, perhaps most compelling is this no frills image of vacant lust. 

Between Alice Neel, Alina Szapocznikow, Andrea Mary Marshall and Alex Prager, it seems that all my favorite artists are female. Finally, a front where smalltime, self-congratulatory cabana boys can’t accuse moi of being a misogynist at parties. And now, it’s Kusama time baby. 

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