Remember Beautiful Losers, the crafty, expansive, popular exhibition at the CAC in the spring of 2004? Well, the exhibition's co-curator, Aaron Rose, has created a documentary film in honor of such "loser" artists (aka those who favor rough-hewn, Punk, graffiti and skateboard culture-inspired art) and their now nearly mainstream movement entitled — what else? — Beautiful Losers.
(Christian Strike and Aaron Rose, co-curators of Beautiful Losers.)
I found Rose — who founded Alleged Gallery in NYC, an early venue for the aforementioned artists — a charming, well-informed guy. Yet Nathan Lee, who reviews the film in today's New York Times, apparently sees Rose as a bit too fawning in his praise of the doc's subjects and too self-serving in his role as a champion of their work.
Maybe, but I'll reserve judgment until I see it for myself, which will probably be on DVD unless the CAC decides to screen it.
— Jason Gargano