3 May 2006
Beautiful Losers and Ugly Winners 
Don't forget that the Beautiful Losers exhibition is currently on in Lille, France through 2 July at Le Tri Postal [more info at www.exposkate.com].

Also on view is Ugly Winners at agnes b. galerie du jour [www.galeriedujour.com] in Paris this month. The idea for Ugly Winners was to have a satellite show at a gallery to support the main exhibition in Lille. The work in Ugly Winners is available and includes many of the Beautiful Losers artists as well as other artists including: Ryan McGinley, Thomas Campbell, Neckface, Ryan McGinness, Harmony Korine, Barry McGee, Raymond Pettibon, KAWS, Ed Templeton, Mike Mills, Jo Jackson, KR, Todd James, Cynthia Connolly, Chris Johanson, Terry Richardson, Evan Hecox, Henry Chalfant, Cheryl Dunn, Ari Marcopoulos, Glen E. Friedman, Andy Jenkins, Steve Powers, Geoff McFetridge, Craig R. Stecyk III, Shepard Fairey, Rostarr, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Futura, Tobin Yelland, and Brian Degraw.

With thanks to the Iconoclast Mailing List.


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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."

- intro to ACR Biography by James Nice (LTM)

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