26 Jan 2005
Iconoclast update 
Ed Templeton's solo exhibition The Judas Goat recently opened at Modern Art in Hackney, London and is well worth a visit. It features around 300 works, mainly photos and drawings / paintings from Templeton's entire career though sadly his Hopper artwork did not make it. Templeton has annotated many of the works in his own handwriting. Here is an example: "Silva and Karolina try to extend the mileage of a cigarette - Silva fiends for a nicotine hit from the lungs of Karolina - smoke swap that is dangerously close to being a kiss - it causes a burn in the loins being this close to this - an impromptu party in my pool - people stripped down - two Finnish girls after a temporary highs - my house, Huntington Beach, California year 2004". The exhibition runs until 6 March.

Beautiful Losers, which also features Templeton's work, opens at the Orange County Museum of Art on 6 February and runs through 15 May. The opening night party is on Saturday the 5th. Also running concurrently is an installation at OCMA's Orange Lounge located at the South Coast Plaza in Newport Beach. The Orange Lounge will be featuring the entire Film & Video portion of Beautiful Losers as well as a major collaborative installation entitled "You Are Here" by the infamous collective The Art Dump of Girl Skateboards.

The Iconoclast website will be launching in about 3 weeks. The site will feature a wealth of resource information on its illustrious roster of artists. Exclusive Iconoclast Editions will also be available directly on the site. Later this spring a limited number of only 30 complete Beautiful Losers Silkscreen Portfolios will be available on the site. Each Portfolio will include over 30 silkscreens by Beautiful Losers artists packaged in a custom box with numbered title page.

On Sunday February 6th, the agnes b. store located at 100 North Robertson in Los Angeles will be hosting a reception for the Beautiful Losers Silkscreen Portfolio including several newly available prints. There will be a special guest DJ as well as the premier screening of Cheryl Dunn's new short film entitled "Tokyo Hands". Call +1 310.271.9643 for more information.

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"Manchester, 1978. In the beginning there were four: Jez Kerr (bass), Martin Moscrop (guitar/trumpet), Peter Terrel (guitar/effects) and Simon Topping (vocals/trumpet). Four thin boys with a name borrowed from a Brian Eno record, the intense, drummerless quartet initially drew influence from Wire, Eno, the Velvets and Kraftwerk, and gained a manager in Anthony Wilson of Factory Records.

"May 1979 saw the release of their first ACR single, the dark All Night Party, although the sound and musicianship of the band would be transformed by the arrival of funky drummer Donald Johnson (DoJo) in August. Over the next few months the band gigged widely, often with Joy Division as part of Factory packages, and recorded demos with producer Martin Hannett as well as a Peel session. Their support slot with Talking Heads on their UK tour in December 1979 set David Byrne on a new course, and provided the compelling live half of their chic cassette package The Graveyard and the Ballroom. Post-punk, ACR now reflected the influence of Funkadelic, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, The Bar Kays and James Brown."

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