Kenny Scharf  (American, 1958) 

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Kenny Scharf (American, b.1958) is a painter and installation artist associated with the Lowbrow movement, and best known for work inspired by comic books and pop culture. Born in Los Angeles, CA, he studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and became part of the East Village art scene during the 1980s. His early work, such as Judy on the Beach (1962) and The Flinstones (1962), was strongly influenced by Hanna Barbera cartoons, but he gradually began to transition to biomorphic imagery. In 1985, the Whitney Biennial featured Scharf’s black light installations, such as his Closet #7, and the painting When Worlds Collide (1984). At the end of the 1980s, he began a series of Glob paintings, which were inspired by Abstract Expressionism and Surrealism. Scharf’s most recent series of paintings, titled Naturafutura (2010), depicts abstract swirls of black paint, inspired by his studio in coastal Brazil and the BP oil spill. He has held solo exhibitions at the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey in Mexico, MoMA PS1 in New York, and the Pasadena Museum of Contemporary Art. He lives and works in Los Angeles.

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Kenny Scharf, BOMB

 

Kenny Scharf
BOMB
2004

Eric Firestone Gallery
Kenny Scharf, Elroy Bug

 

Kenny Scharf
Elroy Bug
2009

Heather James Fine Art
Kenny Scharf, Tokyo Joe

 

Kenny Scharf
Tokyo Joe
1985

Heather James Fine Art
Kenny Scharf, Maribobilyn Monkennroedy

 

Kenny Scharf
Maribobilyn Monkennroedy
1991

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Kenny Scharf, Family Trip

 

Kenny Scharf
Family Trip
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Kenny Scharf, Space Travel

 

Kenny Scharf
Space Travel
2002

Graphicstudio/U.S.F.
Kenny Scharf, Boomering

 

Kenny Scharf
Boomering
1996

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Kenny Scharf, Acid Rain

 

Kenny Scharf
Acid Rain
1998

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Kenny Scharf, Flintstones

 

Kenny Scharf
Flintstones
1982

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Kenny Scharf, Somewhere over there

 

Kenny Scharf
Somewhere over there, 1999
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Kenny Scharf, Fallopiana Planetina

 

Kenny Scharf
Fallopiana Planetina, 1986
oil on canvas

 

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Kenny Scharf, Untitled

 

Kenny Scharf
Untitled, 1997
oil on cigar box

 

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1958   Born: in Los Angeles, CA
1980   BFA, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
1984   Fabric Design for Todd Oldham Creations, New York, NY
1985   Outdoor Mural at 57th Street and Lexington Avenue, New York, NY
1985   Installation, The Palladium, New York, NY
2002   Cartoon Network airs “The Groovenians” Scharf’s first animated film
2013   Kenny Scharf: Kolors, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Kenny Scharf: Eric, Firestone Gallery, East Hampton, NY (solo)
Futures Project, Center for the Living Arts, Mobile Alabama
Contemporary Magic: A Tarot Deck Art Project: The Dali Museum, St. Pete FL
Virginia MOCA Virginia Beach
2012   Kenny Scharf "Hodgepodge," Honor Fraser Gallery Los Angeles (solo)
Thank You Andy Warhol, Benrimon Contemporary, New York, NY
Times Square Show Revisited, Leubsdorf Gallery, Hunter College, New York, NY
Portrait of a Generation, The Hole Gallery, New York, NY
All For Your, Eric Fireston Gallery, East Hampton, NY
2011   Naturafutura, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
The Artist Museum, MOCA Los Angeles
Art in the Streets, MOCA Los Angeles
New York Minute, Garage Center for Contemporary Culcutre, Moscow
Facemaker, Curated by Kathy Grayson Royal-T, Culver City
Unfinished Paintings, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions
Nose Job, Eric Firestone Gallery, East Hampton, NY
East Village West, Royal T Lounge, Los Angeles
From Here to Eternity, Curated by Kenton Parker, Scion Installation Space, Culver City
2010   Pause, Cosmopolitan Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
Art Shack, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
Mutant Pop, Loyal Gallery, Malmo, Sweden
Bowery Wall Mural (special project)
2009   Kenny Scharf "Barberadise" Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
Wynwood Walls, Outdoor Mural Project produced by Deitch Projects, Art Basel Miami
Primary Flight, Site-Specific Street Level Mural, Art Basel Miami
Loveable Like Orphan Kitties and Bastard Children, Green Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
Just What Are They Saying, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Nude Show, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY
Stages Touring Exhibit, Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France (special project)
2008   Kenny Scharf : Superdeluxa, Waddington Gallery, London, UK (solo)
2007   Four Friends, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York City, NY
Strange weight, Martos Gallery, New York City, NY
News on Paper, Galerie Burkhard Eikelmann, Dusseldorf, Germany
Kenny Scharf, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York City, NY (solo)
2006   Kunstverein Manheim, Manheim, Germany (solo)
Kenny Scharf, Kevin Bruk Gallery, Miami, FL (solo)
2005   Super Pop and Closet #24, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Outer Limits, Patrick Painter Inc, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
Cross Section, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY
2004   100 Artists See Satan, Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana, C
Kevin Bruk Gallery, Miami, FL (solo)
California Grown, Pasadena Museum of Contemporary Art, Pasadena, CA (solo)
SchaBlobz, Kenny Schachter ConTEMPorary, New York, NY (solo)
2003   Night Light, Patrick Painter, Inc, Santa Monica, CA (solo)
2002   Muted, Chac Mool Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
2001   Made in the USA 1970-2001, Ludwig Galerie, Oberhausen, Germany
Pulcherrimae Strade Installation, Pordenone, Italy
Animation, P.S. 1, Long Island City, NY
Portraits, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York (solo)
Hollywood Stars, LACE, Los Angeles (solo)
2000   Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles (solo)
Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Universal Offspring, PUCCI International Ltd., New York, NY
Lowbrow Art: Up From The Underground, The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Hollywood, FL
Kenny Scharf's Permanent Closet #18:Young, Art Children's Museum, Davie, FL
1999   Kenny Scharf: New Sculpture, PICA, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, OR (solo)
Mannequins & Rugs, PUCCI International, New York, NY
Portrait Collection of Mr. Chow, Galerie Enrico Navarra, Paris, France
Acquisitions, Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL
The American Century: Art & Culture, 1950-2000, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
The Road Show, DFN Gallery, New York, NY
On the Air, San Francisco International Airport North Terminal Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Galerie Hans Mayer, Dusseldorf, Germany (solo)
1998   Galeria Ramis Barquet, Monterrey, Mexico (solo)
McIntosh Gallery, Atlanta, GA (solo)
Kantor Gallery, Los Angeles (solo)
Kenny Scharf (new paintings), Cotthem Gallery, Barcelona, Spain (solo)
Vivid Vision, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Closet #16, Nexus Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA
Fashion at the Beach, Bass Museum, Miami, FL
Pop Surrealism, The Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, CT
80 Artistes Autour du Mondial, Galerie Enrico Navarra, Paris, France
New Acquisitions: Dream Collection...part three, Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL
Galeria Ramis Barquet, Monterrey, Mexico
1997   Grins: Humor and Whimsy in Contemporary Art, Millard Sheets Gallery, Pomona, CA
Art and Provocation: Images From Rebels, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, CO
In Your Face: Haring, Basquiat, Scharf, Leo Malca Fine Art, New York, NY
1996   Heads, Center for the Fine Arts, Miami, FL (solo)
MARCO, Monterrey, Mexico
1995   Yoshii Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Gallery Cotthem, Knokke, Belgium (solo)
Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Scharf-O-Rama Vision: 1978-1995, Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, FL (solo)
1994   Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
New York Unplugged, Gallery Cotthem-Hedwig Van Impe, Knokke, Belgium (solo)
1993   About Nature, Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH
Art and Environment, The National Arts Club, New York, NY
Extravagant: The Economy of Elegance, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, NY; Russisches Kulturzentrum, Berlin, Germany
1982-1983: Ten Years After, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, NY
Mating Instinct, Penine Hart Gallery, New York, NY
Reanimator, WLRN, Miami, FL
Small Paintings and Works on Paper, Galerie Eikelmann, Essen, Germany
Closet #10, World Gallery, Miami Beach, FL (solo)
Jaffe, Baker, Blau Gallery, Boca Raton, FL (solo)
Closet #11, Click Gallery Essen, Germany
1992   1492, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico
Variations Gitanes, La Grande-Villette, Paris, France
Objects Trouvées, Galerie du Jour, Agnès B, Paris, France
Balade de l'Amour, Halle de l'Union des Arts Décoratifs, Palais de Louvre, Paris, France
Edward Totah Gallery, London, UK (solo)
Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Hokin Gallery, Bay Harbor Islands, FL (solo)
Galleria Rocca 6, Torino, Italy (solo)
Galleria Seno, Milan, Italy (solo)
1991   Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Studio Trisorio, Naples, Italy (solo)
AC&T Corporation, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
American Art of the 80's, Palazzo delle Albere, Trento, Italy
To Benefit Fashion Moda, Brooke Alexander Gallery, New York, NY
Children in Crisis, A Benefit Exhibition, Lorence Monk Gallery New York, NY
The 1980's: A Selected View from the Permanent Collection, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Just What Is It That Makes Today's Home So Different, So Appealing?, The Hyde Collection Glens Falls, New York, NY
Closet No. 9, Queens Museum of Art Flushing, Queens, NY
A Passion for Art: Watercolors and Works on Paper, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, NY
1990   Galerie Beaubourg, Paris, France (solo)
Galerie Hans Mayer, Düsseldorf, Germany
Akira Ikeda Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
The Last Decade: American Artists of the 80's, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, NY
1989   Don't Bungle the Jungle, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, NY
The Studio American Collection, Witkacy Theatre; BWA Art Exhibition Bureau Zakopane, Suwalki, Poland
Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
1988   Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Akira Ikeda Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Figure as Subject: Revival of Figuration since 1975, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
The Weisman Collection, California State University at Fullerton Fullerton, CA
1987   Comic Iconoclasm, ICA London, UK
Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1986   Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zürich, Switzerland (solo)
Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Akira Ikeda Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
An American Renaissance: Painting and Sculpture from 1940 to the Present, Museum of Art Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Homage to Nicholas A. Moufarrage, Gabrielle Bryers Gallery New York, NY
Pictures from the Inner Mind, The Palladium, New York, NY
Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
Thomas Cohn Gallery, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1985   Biennale 1985, The Whitney Museum, New York, NY
Drawings, Leo Castelli Graphics, New York, NY
Eight Artists/ Eight Years/ SVA, School of Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY
East Village Artists, Holly Solomon Gallery, New York, NY
Investigations, Institute of Contemporary Art University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Sights for Small Eyes, Heckscher Museum Long Island, NY
Photography and Sculpture, Patrick Fox Gallery New York, NY
Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Vernacular Abstraction, Wacoal Art Center Tokyo, Japan
Art in Action, Sogetsu Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Works on Paper, Galerie Barbara Farber, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1984   Via New York, Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art, Montreal, Canada
The Innovative Landscape, Holly Solomon Gallery, New York, NY
New Hand Painted Dreams: Contemporary Surrealism, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY
Arte di Frontiera, Galeria d'Arte Moderna Bologna, Italy
Aperto, Venice Biennale Venice, Italy
The Human Condition, Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
New Idioms, Robert Fraser Gallery, London, UK
New Attitudes: Paris/ New York, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA
Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Larry Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
1983   Champions, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, NY;Fay Gold Gallery New York, NY
Surrealist Show, Robert Miller Gallery, New York, NY
Morton G. Neuman Family Collection, Kalamazoo Institute of Art Kalamazoo, MI
Intoxication, Monique Knowlton Gallery, New York, NY
Paintings, Sculpture, Totems and 3D, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, NY
The Comic Art Show, Whitney Museum, New York, NY
Back to the U.S.A., Kunstmuseum Luzern, Luzern, Switzerland
Tendencias en Nueva York, Palacio de Cristal Madrid, Spain
"Paintings into Sculpture", Bonlow Gallery, New York, NY
Bienalle de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Salvatore Ala Gallery, Milan, Italy
References, Palais des Beaux-Arts de Charleroi, Charleroi, Belgium
Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
American Graffiti Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (solo)
1982   Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, NY
Fun Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1981   National Studio Artists, P.S. 1, Long Island City, NY (solo)
The Jetsons, Fun Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Customized Appliances, Club 57, New York, NY (solo)
The Times Square Show, Times Square, New York, NY
New York, New Wave, P.S. 1, Long Island City, NY
Drawing Show, Mudd Club, New York, NY
Beyond Words, Mudd Club, New York, NY
1979   Paintings at Fiorucci, Fiorucci, New York, NY (solo)
Celebration of the Space Age, Club 57, New York, NY (solo)
  Museum of Art, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL
  The Jewish Museum, New York, NY
  The Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL
  Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico
  Ludwig Museum, Cologne, Germany
  Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
  Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
1998    Radcliff, Carter and Robert Farris Thompson. Kenny Scharf. New York, NY : Tony Shafrazi Gallery, 1998
Barry Blinderman, Gregory Bowen, Bill McBride, and Ann Magnuson. Kenny Scharf. Normal, IL: University Galleries, 1998
1997    Kenny Scharf: Pop-surrealist. St. Petersburg, FL: Salvatore Dali Museum, 1997
1996    El Mundo de Kenny Scharf. Monterrey, Mexico: Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey, Mexico, 1996
James, Jamie. Pop Art. London, UK: Phaidon Press Limited, 1996
1990    Kenny Scharf. Paris, France: Galerie Beaubourg, 1990