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Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art and Street Culture

Barry McGee • Untitled Installation • 2004 • Courtesy Paule Anglim Gallery  • Photo courtesy of Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati • 
Barry McGee
Untitled Installation
Courtesy Paule Anglim Gallery
Photo courtesy of Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati
Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art and Street Culture
CINCINNATI  •  Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati  •  Ongoing
The exhibition brings together artists from multiple disciplines, whose works are inspired by various aspects of urban life and street culture. Included are painters, sculptors, photographers, filmmakers, performance artists, graphic designers, illustrators and multimedia artists. The exhibition is organized in five sections:

One section is devoted to examining those artists who have had direct influence on the development of the generation of artists and designers that is the focus of the exhibition. This section will include paintings, drawings, photographs, graphics, and samples and documentation of early works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Neil Blender, Henry Chalfant, Larry Clark, R. Crumb, Glen E. Friedman, Ari Marcopoulos, Raymond Pettibon, Pushead, and Craig R. Stecyk; and the hand-painted skateboards of Dogtown's Wes Humpston.

The Body of the exhibition showcases the recent multi-media art of Thomas Campbell, Cynthia Connolly, Brian Donnelly (KAWS), Cheryl Dunn, Shepard Fairey, Phil Frost, Mark Gonzales, Evan Hecox, Jo Jackson, Todd James (REAS), James Jarvis, Andy Jenkins, Chris Johanson, Spike Jonze, Margaret Kilgallen, Harmony Korine, Geoff McFetridge, Barry McGee, Ryan McGinley, Ryan McGinness, Mike Mills, Stephen Powers (ESPO), Clare Rojas, Terry Richardson, Ed Templeton, Romon Yang (Rostarr), and Tobin Yelland.

Tommy Guerrero, a top professional skateboarder in the 1980s and early 1990s, turned his attention to music in the last decade, producing four solo albums and numerous projects for other musicians. Working with samples of popular music relevant to these subcultures, he will create a soundscape that will enhance the full exhibition environment.

The exhibition also features a wide selection of ephemera created by such designers as Doze, Dalek, Andrew Jeffrey Wrigh, Os Gemeos, Eric Haze, Lance Mountain, Garry S. Davis, Jim Houser, Sean Cliver and Mark McKee. This section will include albums, books, prints, posters, shoes and apparel, skateboards, toys, limited edition objects and zines.

Finally, a carefully selected program of film and video highlights the varied works by and about the artists in the exhibition. Through these artist films, skate videos, documentaries, animations, commercials, and music videos, the full range of influence on these artists comes into clearer focus.

In his or her own way, each artist represents the subcultures of skateboarding, punk, hip-hop, and graffiti, often inhabiting and redefining the spaces that exist between these disparate worlds, and making those spaces their own.

Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati Web Site

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