On October 22, to coincide with this year’s FIAC, Artcurial will unveil an unprecedented collection of Urban Art from the United States: Outsider(s): a history of Beautiful Losers. For the auction house, the sale of this American collection, which will take place in Paris, is a return visit to the world of the Do It Yourself alternative movement that emerged in the 90s, and the 2004 travelling exhibition Beautiful Losers, which brought the movement’s previously unknown artists into the public eye. The sale will therefore include original works produced by KAWS in the early 2000s, before he achieved international recognition, as well as pieces by Mark Gonzales, Raymond Pettibon, Shepard Fairey, Margaret Kilgallen, Barry McGee and Phil Frost. The provenance of this collection of works is exceptional: most of the works were originally acquired directly from the artists or founding members of the Beautiful Losers exhibition. The Outsider(s) collection features more than 200 very different lots, including original pieces by the movement’s most iconic artists plus unique urban art objects like skateboards and street fashion. Counter-culture met a chic crowd of Parisian and international cultural elite who braved the rainy weather to dine on at outdoor food trucks and dance to a DJ set by Nicolas Malinowsky.

Photos: Valentin le Cron
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