Back in my New York days I used to run into this guy at Max Fish named Arto. He was cool enough, a little nerdy, and I remember hearing that he was a musician. We used to kick back, drink a few beers and small talk all the time. It wasn’t until years later that actually I realized who this guy was. In the late-1970′s Arto Lindsay formed the no-wave group DNA, a highly experimental and very genius musical project that was very influential in defining the post-Punk era. He was also immersed in the art scene and worked with artists such as Nan Goldin, Jean Michel Basquiat, Francesco Clemente and Andy Warhol. After DNA, he went on to be in John Lurie’s experimental Jazz project The Lounge Lizards. After disbanding, Lindsay started his own project Ambitious Lovers which released some amazing tracks as well. He has also collaborated with people such as David Byrne, Laurie Anderson, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Animal Collective. Oh, and he also has a cameo in the film, Desparately Seeking Susan. So why am I writing about him here? Well, if you haven’t figured it out, these posts are all about “unsung heroes”. If you’re familiar with Arto Lindsay’s work, then you need no introduction, but if you’ve never heard him then I highly suggest you dive deep into his reportage. Also, a word of advice. Never forget that the guy you’re sitting next to in a bar, just might be one of the coolest people you’ve ever met.
Aaron Rose is an artist, film director, curator and writer. From 1992-2002, he was the owner of Alleged Gallery in New York which helped launch the careers of many of today's top contemporary artists. In 2003, he co-curated the museum exhibition and accompanying catalog, Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art & Street Culture th... View moreat toured the world through 2009. Rose was also director of the feature documentary film Beautiful Losers, (ArtHouse Films/Oscilloscope) which began its theatrical run in 2008. He has also directed numerous commercials, short films and movies for television. His acclaimed documentary "Portraits of Braddock" (IFC), won the Golden Pencil award at the 2101 One Show. In 2011 he co-curated (with Roger Gastman and Jeffrey Deitch) the large-scale exhibition, Art In The Streets, which opened to record crowds at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Rose is also editor of ANP Quarterly, a free arts magazine and his publishing imprint, Alleged Press releases monographs by contemporary artists.
In late-2011, Aaron Rose co-authored (with Brian Roettinger and Mandy Kahn) "Collage Culture: Examining the 21st Century Identity Crisis," a seminal book of social criticism published by Swiss company JRP-Ringier. His paintings have been exhibited in galleries internationally including Postmasters, New York, Colette, Paris and Circleculture, Berlin. As a journalist, Rose's writings have been published in i-D, Dazed and Confused, Purple, Self Service, Flash Art, and numerous exhibition catalogs.