Sign up for our newsletters   

Baltimore City Paper home.

film Home > Movie Reviews

Film Clips

Beautiful Losers

Beautiful Losers

Director:Aaron Rose
Release Date:2008

By Bret McCabe | Posted 10/8/2008

Usually it takes a good 20 years to start romanticizing your youth, but thanks to the acceleration of everything, we've been putting just yesterday in amber for almost a decade now. Witness the hagiography Beautiful Losers, which follows the 1990s emergence and rise of a group of artists passing through the Alleged Gallery located in New York's Lower East Side. Owned/curated by Aaron Rose--one of Loser's co-directors--Alleged transplanted the punk/DIY ethos into New York's art world with vibrant and commercially successful results, thanks in large parts to the artists who migrated through it: Chris Johanson, Shepard Fairey, Harmony Korine, Margaret Kilgallen, Barry McGee, Mike Mills, Ed Templeton, and others, all featured and interviewed here. Hours of footage were culled to tell the artists' stories and their almost meteoric rise in the mid- to late 1990s, but the entire affair feels self-serving, like a feature-length advertisement for the traveling exhibit of the same name and its book monograph. And all everyone can recall about Alleged's gestation and evolution is that it was filled with people who just wanted to share ideas and create things. Isn't that what adult artists, you know, do?

E-mail Bret McCabe

Comments powered by Disqus
CP on Facebook
CP on Twitter