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  • Alexander Basil, Untitled, 2021, oil on canvas, 74 3⁄4 × 94 1⁄2".

    Alexander Basil, Untitled, 2021, oil on canvas, 74 3⁄4 × 94 1⁄2".

    Alexander Basil

    Galerie Nagel Draxler | Berlin

    “I used to live in a room full of mirrors / all I could see was me,” sang Jimi Hendrix in 1968. Over the past year and a half of isolation and atomization, most of us have come to know how that feels. Meanwhile, social media continues to normalize the idea of proliferating images of yourself to display to others, and Alexander Basil has known no world without it. (Born in Arkhangel’sk, Russia, in 1997, he turned thirteen the year Instagram launched.) Between those poles sat the clean-lined lockdown paintings in Basil’s exhibition “Claustrophobia,” all Untitled and dated 2021. Set, in several

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