Beautiful Losers is is the first museum survey that explores the recent work of a diverse group of visual artists that have emerged from the subcultures of skateboarding, graffiti, punk, and hip hop. Their works showcase a variety of media: painting, sculpture, and photography, as well as film, video, performance, and product design.
Not since the Beat Generation have we seen a group of creative individuals with such a unified aesthetic sense and varied cultural facets. The world of art has been greatly affected by their accomplishments as have the worlds of fashion, music, literature, film, and, due to the popularity of skateboarding, athletics. Over the years, the group has matured, but their independent spirit has remained steadfast.
Beautiful Losers is a retrospective celebration of this spirit, with hundreds of artworks by over three dozen artists, from precursors like Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, and Larry Clark, to more recent adherents Ryan McGinness, KAWS, and Geoff McFetridge. Work in all conceivable mediums is included, plus reproductions of reams of ephemera, from album covers to toys and zines.
The exhibition is organized by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, and the Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati. Guest curated by Aaron Rose and Christian Strike of Iconoclast, with René de Guzman, Thom Collins and Matt Distel. Sartoria Comunicazione helped raise funds for the US exhibitions and produced the European premiere at Milano Triennale.