Friday 4 March 2011

Kenny Scharf

A contemporary, and friend of both Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat later in New York, Kenny Scharf was born in 1958 in Los Angeles. He received his B.F.A in 1980 at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Scharf's works consist of popular culture based shows with made up science-related backgrounds.

Scharf often uses images from the animated cartoons popular during his childhood, such as The Flintstones and The Jetsons. In 2001, he released a cartoon of his own ‘The Groovenians’ of which there was only one episode.
Scharf was a key figure in the East Village art scene of the 1980s with shows at Fun gallery in 1981 and Tony Shafrazi in 1984, before seeing his work embraced by museums, such as the Whitney, which selected him for the 1985 Whitney Bienniale.

He did the album covers of The B-52's in the mid-80s. In 1995, Scharf designed a room at the Tunnel nightclub in New York.

Scharf was friends with the graffiti artist Keith Haring and appears in the documentary ‘The Universe of Keith Haring’. In 2004, he appeared in The Nomi Song, a documentary about his friend, opera singer and new wave star Klaus Nomi.

Scharf has had featured exhibits at the Monterrey Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami Center for the Fine Arts, and The Queens Museum of Art. Scharf is represented by New York City’s Paul Kasmin Gallery, which also represents Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, David Hockney, Morris Louis, Al Held, and others.

1983 Architoungture

 1983 The Fun's Inside

 1983 The Idea Falls

 1983-84 Juicy Jungle

 1984 The Days of Our Lives

 1984 When Worlds Collide

1985 Glip Drip

 1985 Op Bop

1986 Blind

1986 Faika Rebo

1987 Inner Space

 1988 Obglob

1989 American Cheese

1989 Ob Globs #11

1990 Brainmatter

1990 Globz 3

1991 Against All Odds

1991 Kaosorder

1994 Globulecular

1994 Serpentwine

1995 Fabuvalia

1995 Galicksky

1996 Bloop Blip Bop

1996 Boomering

1996 Hapidala

1997 Glips

1998 Ancient Chinese Secret

 1998 Felix on a Pedestal

2000 Bolbz

2000 Slosch

2002 Drlop

2002 Jelobz

2003 Blobzo

2003 Objet der Floate

 2003 Squabs

 2003 Zrobz

2004 Balls n' Black Hole

2004 Space n' Blob

2005 Ebony Approved

 2005 Free Fuel

2005 T.V.Starlacash

 2006 Ketchup (detail)

2006 Peas n' Butter

2006 Pump N' Go

2007 Blobs n' Globs

2007 Blurple

 2007 Sonho Molhado

2008 Chevyblobs

2008 Greewormscape

 2008 Hot Dog

 2008 Hurdy Gurdy

 2008 Smiling Spermy Spiralies

2009 Blobism

2009 Junglocity

 2009 Nike Stages

2009 Pink Frosted Donut in Space

2010 Chocolate Donut with Sprinkes on a Lovely Day

2010 Glazed Cruller in Space

2010 Here it is!

2010 Jungleyea