Young, Sleek,and Full of Hell : Ten Years of New York''s Notorious Alleged Gallery
Book Launch and Back Room Exhibition at Printed Matter, Inc.
May 7 - 21, 2005
Opening Reception Saturday, May 7 from 5 - 7 PM
Printed Matter is pleased to announce that due to popular demand the exhibition Young Sleek and Full of Hell : Ten Years of New York''s Notorious Alleged Gallery has been extended! Zines, prints, posters, exhibition announcements and other ephemera from the Alleged era are on view in Printed Matter''s Back Room until May 28. Printed Matter is located at 535 West 22nd St between 10th and 11th Avenues.
In 1992, Ludlow Street was just another Lower East Side gutter of low-rent tenements populated by artists, musicians, film-makers, designers, writers, and hoodlums. At the heart of it all stood Alleged Gallery. Stationed securely outside the institutionalized art world, this persistently peripheral gallery launched--in the ten years it was open--the international careers of countless artists working at the aesthetic edges of street art, fashion, film, performance and music.
"From the outset," according to Carlo McCormick''s introductory essay for the book, "the gallery was always something of a hypothetical. The disclaimer was inherent in the name: Alleged. With the first sandwich board signs announcing its arrival, there was no mistaking the iconoclastic agenda." McCormick continues, "Alleged was democratic and inclusive as all venues for emerging artists should be…those first shows there, parties for the entire neighborhood to get drunk and misbehave in ways that would have sent any fine art collector who might have accidentally stumbled in there running for their lives, featured some of the best urban folk artists from the early Ludlow Street scene."
As the purveyor of this potent mixture of art, music, sex, drugs, and drinking, Alleged trafficked in irreverence and unlimited freedom. In Young, Sleek, and Full of Hell, the history of Alleged''s exhibitions, events and attitudes is chronicled through behind-the-scenes photographs and interviews with the artists, musicians, designers, models, actors, film-makers, curators, gallerists, and collectors who were the scene''s lifeblood. The exhibition at Printed Matter will bring back into the public eye some of the posters, flyers, album covers, and promotional material that circulated in the neighborhood to give Alleged the legendary status maintains to this day.
Young, Sleek, and Full of Hell features over 100 artists including: Mark Gonzales, Ed Templeton, Thomas Campbell, Diann Bauer, Jeremy Henderson, Glen E. Friedman, David Aaron, Daniel Higgs, Phil Frost, Spike Jonze, Andy Jenkins, Sofia Coppola, Andre Razo, Chris Johanson, Tobin Yelland, Ari Marcopolis, Barry McGee, Margaret Kilgallen, Mike Mills, Shepard Fairey, Tom Sachs, Susan Cianciolo, Sonic Youth, Courtney Love, Unsane, Surgery, Railroad Jerk, Cibo Matto, The Boredoms, Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore, Jim Jarmusch, Harmony Korine, Mark Borthwick, Cameron Jamie, and Terry Richardson.
Young, Sleek, and Full of Hell : Ten Years of New York''s Notorious Alleged Gallery, ISBN 8-88849-332-8, is published by Drago Arts and Communication, Rome and is priced at $39.95. Young, Sleek, and Full of Hell is available from Printed Matter’s website: www.printedmatter.org. For additional information, please contact Rachel Bers, Programming and Website Coordinator at (212) 925-0325 or at email@example.com.
Printed Matter, Inc. is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1976 by artists and art workers with the mission to foster the appreciation, dissemination, and understanding of artists'' books and other artists'' publications.
Printed Matter has received support, in part, through grants from the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, The Altria Group, Inc., Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the Consulate and the Government of Canada, The Cowles Charitable Trust, The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Fifth Floor Foundation, Furthermore: a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The Kettering Family Foundation, LEF Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and private foundations and individuals worldwide.