As one of today’s most exciting artists, Kenny Scharf rose to prominence in the New York art scene in the ’80s as part of a dynamic and influential group of artists that included Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. He has since returned to California, but he has retained the playful Pop aesthetic for which he is internationally renowned. This complete new volume covers Scharf’s illustrious career and his experiences and activities in the downtown art scene. His work is instantly recognizable, with idiosyncratic cartoon creatures popping up in the oddest of places: in paintings, on functional objects, or piled up on top of each other to form huge totem-poles. Richard Marshall helps navigate the reader across the decades of Scharf’s career. Carlo McCormick’s essay focuses on Scharf’s fanciful customized cars and installations. Ann Magnuson reminisces about Scharf’s happenings in the East Village and the club scene.
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The Paintings of Kenny Scharf
Grandma Tell Me About the Eighties
24 inches 48 inches 60 inches 96 inches Acrylic and spray-paint Acrylic on canvas Andy Warhol Ann Magnuson artist's frame Ballroom Blitz Basquiat blue bottom Cadillac canvas with artist's cartoon Chocolate Donut Club 57 Collection Richard color courtesy Paul Kasmin Courtesy The Stephanie created customized depicts Donut in Space Flintstones Fun's Inside globs green Greenwich imagery images inches Opposite ink on canvas Jean-Michel Basquiat John Sex Jungle Keith Haring Kenny Scharf Kenny Scharf's Outer Kenny's Klaus Nomi landscape mandala movie Mudd Club Mugrabi Collection Museum Oil and acrylic Oil and spray-paint Oil on canvas Oil on linen Pamer Paul Kasmin Gallery Peter Brant Foundation Photo pink Private collection Opposite purple Scharf continued Scharf's Outer Space silkscreen ink smiling spray-paint on canvas stars Stephanie and Peter Stephanie Seymour surreal Surrealists Tony Shafrazi Tony Shafrazi Gallery Tseng Kwong Untitled Vasquez Rocks visual Wilma Flintstone yellow York City