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The Bad And The Beautiful

Run #00554-1j
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TYPE:3-Color Screen Print on 100% Rag Cotton Heavyweight Paper
SIZE:23 x 30.5 Inches
Edition Size 200
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About The Artist

Please note: Each print is sold as is. This RUN contains sold out prints from CPOP's personal archives. Some prints may have slight wear and tear, this may include dinged corners or small dents or blemishes. We've reviewed each print and the issues are slight and would be acceptable for most collectors. With framing each print from this run should be fit to hang.


Niagara is a musician and a painter. Combining an illustrator's hand with some collage and pop iconography, Niagara's style began to take shape in earnest during the early 90's as she was beginning to show in small exhibits and cafes around the Detroit area.
It was during this time that Niagara teamed up with the Detroit gallery CPop in 1996. Her first exhibits "All Men Are Cremated Equal" (1996) and "Faster Niagara, Kill...Kill" (1997) were breakout shows which garnered her regional praise . Soon art periodicals such as Juxtapoz were heralding her as "The Queen Of Detroit" and many successful exhibits would follow in other cities like Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Tokyo to name but a few. "The Niagara Girl," who appears in many female guises, would come to represent feminist swagger with drop dead gorgeous looks and an equally dangerous demeanor. Hard-boiled, tough talking gals who would rather dispatch a man than put up with any of his antics. Her bold and colorful post-pulp comic strip countenances of femme fatales in various depictions of malfeasence was culturally solidified by Callie Khoury's Thelma and Louise, which shares a kindred spirit with Niagara's subjects, along with pin-up girls like Bettie Page and the bad side of 40's and 50's film icons such as Bette Davis, Lauren Bacall and Jane Greer.

This RUN comes signed and numbered by Niagara with a Letter of Provenance from 1xRUN.

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While attending the University of Michigan in 1974, Niagara and Mike Kelley formed Destroy All Monsters. The band, known to fans as DAM, was active until 1985, earning international recognition due largely to the presence of former members of The Stooges and the MC5. Later, she fronted the supergroup Dark Carnival (with Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton and his brother Scott Asheton, Stooges drummer).

Niagara utilized art school experience in creating album and promotional art for Destroy All Monsters, Dark Carnival, and other acts. Combining collage and pop iconography, Niagara's style began to take shape, and by the early 1990's she presented her work in galleries and cafes around Detroit.

With critical recognition for her painting established, Niagara teamed up with the Detroit gallery CPop in 1996. Her first exhibits "All Men Are Cremated Equal" (1996) and "Faster Niagara, Kill...Kill" (1997) were breakout shows that fostered national recognition. Juxtapoz (art journal) heralded her as "The Queen Of Detroit." Successful exhibits in other cities followed, including Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Sydney, Tokyo and others.

"The Niagara Girl" - in many guises - represented feminist swagger with drop-dead-gorgeous looks and a dangerous demeanor. She offered hard-boiled, tough talking women who would rather dispatch a man than put up with rude antics. Her bold, colorful, comic-strip-styled dames in various scenes of malfeasence parallel the modern tone of Callie Khoury's Thelma and Louise. Common ancestors include pin-up girls like Bettie Page and the dark side of 40's and 50's film icons such as Bette Davis, Lauren Bacall and Jane Greer.
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