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Vanessa Prager


In this new body of work, Vanessa Prager has started to move more freely and fluidly between figuration and abstraction. This is an important evolution from her last show at the gallery, which featured portraiture almost exclusively. The portraits are still there in the mix and some full figures are also starting to emerge but the overall trend is moving toward the inclusion of colorful, luscious, painterly abstraction. Another impressive achievement is Prager's ramping up of her scale: two of the new paintings measure 8 x 12 feet. With this scale shift the viewer is invited to more fully enter the space of the paintings; they become experiential.

This is Prager’s third solo exhibition at Richard Heller Gallery, and she has had numerous solo exhibitions on both coasts. Her work has also been included in various group exhibitions, both nationally and internationally, and at art fairs around the United States.




Born
Born in 1984, Los Angeles, CA
Resides in Los Angeles, CA

Exhibitions
Solo Exhibitions

2017
Ultraviolet, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (Opens May 13, 2017)

2016
Voyeur, The Hole, New York, NY
EXPO Chicago, The Hole, Chicago, IL (solo booth)

2015
Dreamers, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2012
Hours, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
The Moon is Down, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Group Exhibitions

2017
Dallas Art Fair, Richard Heller Gallery, Dallas, TX
Beheaded, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Tantamount, Castor Gallery, New York, NY
Sigh..., The Lodge, Los Angeles, CA

2016
Seattle Art Fair, Richard Heller Gallery, Seattle, WA

2015
Behold!  The Blob, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Art Expo Chicago, Richard Heller Gallery, Chicago, IL
Russian Doll, M+B, Los Angeles, CA
In the Heat of the Night, Castor Gallery, New York, NY

2014
Me and Benjamin, Galerie Xippas, Paris, France
Boy+Girl, The Salon at Automatic Sweat, Los Angeles, CA

2013
Seven Sisters, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Good Intentions, Subliminal Projects Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2012
Portrait of A Generation, The Hole, New York, NY
High Five, New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA
MOCA Fresh, MOCA Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
Incognito, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
California Girls, Katherine Cone Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2011
Girls, girls, girls, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York, NY
Drawn, Subliminal Projects, Los Angeles, CA

2010
Wreck the Walls, Subliminal Projects Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2009
Hunting and Gaming, Robert Berman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
The Big Show, Silas Marder Gallery, New York, NY
Under the Influence, Gallery 1988, Los Angeles, CA

2008
Crazy for Cult, Gallery 1988, Los Angeles, CA

Selected Bibliography
2017
Art and Cake, Vanessa Prager: Ultraviolet at Richard Heller Gallery, Amy Kaeser, June 15: https://artandcakela.com/2017/06/15/vanessa-prager-ultraviolet-at-richard-heller-gallery/
Elephant Magazine, 5 Questions with Vanessa Prager, Emily Steer: https://elephantmag.com/5-questions-vanessa-prager/
Vice.com | Creators, Self-Taught Painter Sculpts Monumental Portraits With Oil Paint, Tanja M. Laden: https://creators.vice.com/en_us/article/self-taught-painter-sculpts-monumental-portraits-with-oil-paint
Berlin Art Link, Exhibition // 'Ultraviolet' at Richard Heller Gallery: An Interview with Vanessa Prager: http://www.berlinartlink.com/2017/05/18/exhibition-ultraviolet-at-richard-heller-gallery-an-interview-with-vanessa-prager/

2016
NY Magazine, The Approval Matrix, Feb 8-21
Michael Slenske, Painted Faces: Vanessa Prager's portraits bring online impressions into reality, Wallpaper.com, January 29
Priscilla Frank: Painter Vanessa Prager Talks Beauty and Makeup, and Art Too, Huffington Post, January 28
Purple.FR, Vanessa Prager Voyeur Exhibition Opening at The Hole, New York, January 28
Star Tracks - People Magazine, January 27, 2016
Wonderland Magazine, Video Premiere: 'Voyeur' - Vanessa Prager, January 27, www.wonderlandmagazine.com/2016/01/video-premiere-voyeur-vanessa-prager/

2015
Kat Herriman: For These 10 Contemporary Artists, Art Runs in the Family, Artsy Editorial, November 22
Kristen Farr: Vanessa Prager, Juxtapoz Magazine, April
Fred Armisen: “Dream Sequence,” Interview Magazine, February

2013
Matthew Bedard: “That Which is Intuited...,” Flaunt Magazine, Vol. 129, August, pp. 120-124
Adam Christian Clark: “Godspeed,” WeSC Magazine, Vol. 7, May, pp. 32-41

2012
Samia Armstrong: “Solo Show,” Genlux Magazine, Vol. 12, December, p. 112
Jean-Sebastien Stehli: “Artistes Histories D’Hommes,” Madame Figaro Magazine, No. 0416, October, p. 71
Rebecca Willa Davis: “Vanessa Prager Follows...,” Elle Magazine, online, May

2011
Liz Ohanesian: “Inside Vanessa Prager’s Studio: Artist…,” LA Weekly, June 1
Thais Gouveia: “Licoes de Uma Autodidata,” Lola Magazine, February, p. 46

2010
Jessica Gelt: “Artist Vanessa Prager Shows her Spare Side…,” Los Angeles Times, June 15

Collections
The Miniature Museum of Contemporary Art, Amsterdam
Works held in private collections both in the United States and Internationally.

 


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