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Book: 3 The Underdogs- Available now!

In 2001 I was in art school, trying to make sense of how one gets into shows, sells art, and gets press. It was a daunting task for my peers and me–none of us knew where to start. Running into the art world’s countless closed doors, however, became the inspiration behind creating Beautiful/Decay. My dream was to expose and support all the great art that I was finding by unknown, young artists. I wanted to celebrate these “underdogs” and give them the credit that they deserved.

It’s been almost a decade since then and our mission hasn’t changed. We still strive to shed light on work that is underrated and unknown. So in the spirit of Beautiful/Decay’s dedication to emerging art, we present to you our first annual edition of “The Underdogs.” Each year, we will open up the magazine to you, our readers, so that you can have a chance to participate in Beautiful/Decay. For this issue, we asked artists to interpret our theme, “The Underdogs,” as they saw fit. Some literally interpreted the theme, while others imagined the concept abstractly to create their works. With just under 100 slots, and over 500 submissions, figuring out who made the cut was anything but easy.

Some of the artists you may have heard of, and others have never been featured in print before. We selected our cover artist, Allison Schulnik, for her beautiful depictions of anonymous, unsung heroes. For all their tragedy and isolation, Schulnik gives form to the world’s “fools and rejects,” who in turn transcend the page to become icons in and of themselves. This process of transformation and redemption, of attaining the spotlight against all odds seemed the perfect concept in which to encase Book 3.

Get your copy of Book:3, the ultimate inspiration/resource of emerging art at the B/D Shop!

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Korakrit

45_boschindex Korakrit is a Brooklyn based artist whose abstract patterns and vividly colored paintings are sure to keep your interest for hours and hours.

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Cache

ffff Los Angeles graffiti artist and painter Cache has a new installation he created in conjunction with the Pedals and Prints, a bicycle art show. His installation depicts his version of a bike shop. 

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Alejandra Quesada

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Alejandra Quesada is an artist from Mexico City whose works range from patterns and prints to accessories and of course clothes.

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Wangechi Mutu

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Wangechi Mutu is a Kenyan born, New York based artist whose work has been featured in galleries across the globe. Her work was also featured on the cover of B/D issue L “Sex Sells.” She recently had an interview with Daily Serving’s Aimée Reid. Click here to read the interview.

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Northern Italy Street Art

Got this mini documentary in my inbox today about graffiti artists in Northern Italy. It’s so interesting how graffiti has been morphing, changing and evolving in the last 10 years. I’m not even sure if the name street art or graffiti applies to this. Is it outdoor art, street art, graffiti, illegal brush painting? I’m confused!

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Making War

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DIY Gallery is pleased to present Making War curated by Los Angeles based Cassandra Simon.

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Ryan Johnson

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I came across some delightful sculptures from artist Ryan Johnson that got me pretty excited. I’m very interested by these playful characters, full of dignified humor despite an almost laughably pathetic appearance. These guys remind me a little bit of Ed Kienholz’s work too, which is never a bad thing. Look after the jump for the ones who’ve got their feet stuck in buckets filled with concrete. Hilarious!

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