Aaron Rose is an artist, film director, writer, musician, and independent curator currently living in Los Angeles. For ten years (1992-2002) he was owner/director of the Alleged Gallery in New York, which launched the careers of many contemporary artists. The gallery inspired a book, Young, Sleek and Full of Hell which was released in 2002. Since then, Rose has been working as a freelance curator, choosing artists for the Undefeated Billboard Project, a public art project in Los Angeles produced in conjunction with Nike.
He was co-curator of the successful museum exhibition and book Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art & Street Culture which toured the world through 2008. Rose was director of the feature documentary film “Beautiful Losers” and recently completed the short documentary film “Become A Microscope” based on the life of 1960’s artist/activist nun Sister Corita. His publishing imprint, Alleged Press (in conjunction with Italian publisher Damiani) releases hardcover books by contemporary artists. He is also co-editor (along with Ed Templeton & Brendan Fowler) of RVCA/ANP Quarterly, a free arts/culture magazine. Aaron’s writings have been published in Index, iD, Dazed and Confused, Self Service, Flash Art, and numerous exhibition catalogs. He plays music and tours with his band The Sads, infrequently exhibits his paintings and continues to organize exhibitions in galleries and museums worldwide.
He was the owner and director of Alleged Gallery in New York City and created Alleged Press, which has released books featuring the art of Ari Marcopoulos and Chris Johanson.
Interview with Aaron Rose here.