04/09/10

The Beautiful & The Damned




The Beautiful & The Damned:

Punk Photographs by Ann Summa



Curated by Kristine McKenna



Track 16 Gallery

September 9–October 9, 2010


Opening reception September 11, 6:00 - 9:00 P.M.



When photographer Ann Summa arrived in Los Angeles in 1978, the city’s punk scene was still fresh and utterly original. It was fertile territory for a young photographer, and Summa dove into the fray; The Beautiful & the Damned is a collection of her portraits of the musicians, artists and fans who made Los Angeles such a crucial part of the history of punk. Drawn from Summa's new book, The Beautiful & the Damned, recently published by Foggy Notion Books and Smart Art Press, the exhibition will feature a selection of images from the book, along with alternate shots and outtakes. Including sixty images taken between 1978 and 1984, the show focuses for the most part on L.A.’s first punk generation, and includes portraits of the Germs, the Screamers, X, the Cramps and the Gun Club, among many others. The show expands its scope from there to highlight the cross- pollination that took place between L.A.’s punk scene and the fine art community: at the time, the audience for avant-garde artists such as the Kipper Kids, Johanna Went and Laurie Anderson was primarily drawn from the underground music scene... (continue reading here)