NEW YORK, NY.-
Paddle8 presents Beautiful Losers
, a sale curated by veteran gallerist and filmmaker Aaron Rose. Featuring more than 40 works by artists from the film as well as artists from the Alleged Gallery, Beautiful Losers will be live to bidders worldwide August 21 31, 2018.
This sale represents what I love most about art making and collecting its very intimate and reflects this community that we built in NYC in the 90s. These works are by artists who Ive known, championed and traded with for decades, says Aaron Rose. At the beginning, nobody was famous. We traded just because we liked each others work. I hung my friends art on my wall and they hung my stuff on theirs. It was very simple, but it created a network of patrons. Now, years later, of course, this has become quite a valuable collection. But that wasnt the point at the beginning and its still not for me. Collect the work of your peers, help your friends publish their own books, records and magazines, assist them on their first movie. Thats how we did it and I can promise you they will return the favor.
Marking the 10-year anniversary of Aarons film Beautiful Losers debut in 2008, the sale features works by the films subjects Barry McGee, Harmony Korine, Shepard Fairey and Mark Gonzales. Works by Raymond Pettibon, KAWS, Bruce LaBruce, Susan Cianciolo, Brendan Fowler and Phil Frost among others are a nod to the Alleged Gallery, the cult DIY art space Aaron ran in New Yorks Lower East Side from 1992 2002.
Beautiful Losers online run exclusively at Paddle8 also coincides with Aarons exhibition Now + Then: A Decade of Beautiful Losers at NYCs The Hole, presented by RCVA celebrating art in the LES in the 90s, on view August 24 September 1, 2018. Aaron will publish the full unedited interviews from the archives of Beautiful Losers on August 20.