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b. 1958, USA

Kenny Scharf Biography

Kenny Scharf was born in 1958 in Los Angeles and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts, New York in 1980. Living in Los Angeles, Scharf has held solo exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art, St. Peter, MN (2018); the Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn, NY (2016); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA (2015); Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR (2015); Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA (2004); Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles (2001); Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, OR (1999); Salvador Dalí Museum, Saint Petersburg, FL (1997); University Galleries, Illinois State University, Normal, IL (1997); Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, Mexico (1996); and Museum of Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, FL (1995).

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His work has been included in group exhibitions such as Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art in the East Village, 1978-1983, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (2017); Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (2017); Holdings: Selections from MCASD's Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, CA (2016); and Urban Theatre: New York in the 1980s, The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX (2014).

Scharf's public artworks are on view at Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools, Los Angeles, CA; Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA; Davis Bros Tire Pros, Culver City, CA; West Adams Boulevard and La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA; Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA; and other locations around the world.

Scharf is included in public collections including the Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY.

Text courtesy Baik Art.

Kenny Scharf Featured Artworks

microlentz by Kenny Scharf contemporary artwork
Kenny ScharfmicrolentzOil and spray paint on linen with p/c aluminium frame
101.5 x 91.5 cm
Baik Art Contact Gallery
Bubblejet by Kenny Scharf contemporary artwork
Kenny ScharfBubblejet, 2017Oil, crystal and found objects
29.25 x 54.5 x 16.5 cm
Baik Art Contact Gallery
PUDDLE PEOPLE by Kenny Scharf contemporary artwork
Kenny ScharfPUDDLE PEOPLE, 2016Hand printed litho
56 x 78 cm
Baik Art Contact Gallery
Untitled by Kenny Scharf contemporary artwork
Kenny ScharfUntitled, 2019Acrylic, spraypaint, silkscreen ink and glitter on arches
56.5 x 76.5 cm
Baik Art Contact Gallery
Racecide by Kenny Scharf contemporary artwork
Kenny ScharfRacecide, 2019Oil and spray paint on linen
101.5 x 91.5 cm
Baik Art Contact Gallery
BEEP BEEP by Kenny Scharf contemporary artwork
Kenny ScharfBEEP BEEP, 2017Oil, crystals and found objects
56 x 73.75 x 29.25 cm
Baik Art Contact Gallery
BLACKZ by Kenny Scharf contemporary artwork
Kenny ScharfBLACKZ, 2014Oil and acrylic on linen with powder coated aluminium frame
122 x 152.5 cm
Baik Art Contact Gallery
World Wide Web by Kenny Scharf contemporary artwork
Kenny ScharfWorld Wide Web, 2014Oil on found painting
22 x 25.5 inches
Baik Art Contact Gallery

Kenny Scharf Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Un Hiver à Gstaad Paris at Almine Rech, Rue de Turenne, Paris
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6–27 February 2021 Group Exhibition Un Hiver à Gstaad Paris Almine RechRue de Turenne, Paris
Contemporary art exhibition, Kenny Scharf, Vaxi Nation at Almine Rech, Avenue Matignon, Paris
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21 January–6 March 2021 Kenny Scharf Vaxi Nation Almine RechAvenue Matignon, Paris
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Show Me the Signs at Blum & Poe, Los Angeles
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30 October–14 November 2020 Group Exhibition Show Me the Signs Blum & PoeLos Angeles

Kenny Scharf Represented By

Almine Rech contemporary art gallery in Brussels, Belgium Almine Rech Paris, Brussels, London, New York, Shanghai
Baik Art contemporary art gallery in Los Angeles, USA Baik Art Los Angeles, Seoul

Kenny Scharf In Ocula Magazine

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