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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.

Exhibition view: Kenny Scharf, DystopianPainting, Almine Rech, New York (10 September–28 October 2020). Courtesy the Artist and Almine Rech. Photo: Dan Bradica.

Kenny Scharf Featured Artworks

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microlentz by Kenny Scharf contemporary artwork
Kenny ScharfmicrolentzOil and spray paint on linen with p/c aluminium frame
101.5 x 91.5 cm
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Bubblejet by Kenny Scharf contemporary artwork
Kenny ScharfBubblejet, 2017Oil, crystal and found objects
29.25 x 54.5 x 16.5 cm
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PUDDLE PEOPLE by Kenny Scharf contemporary artwork
Kenny ScharfPUDDLE PEOPLE, 2016Hand printed litho
56 x 78 cm
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FLINSTONES by Kenny Scharf contemporary artwork
Kenny ScharfFLINSTONES, 1998Serigraph
94 x 116.75 cm
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NAMES by Kenny Scharf contemporary artwork
Kenny ScharfNAMES, 20166 colour lithograph
78.75 x 56 cm
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Untitled by Kenny Scharf contemporary artwork
Kenny ScharfUntitled, 2019Acrylic, spraypaint, silkscreen ink and glitter on arches
56.5 x 76.5 cm
Baik Art Enquire
Racecide by Kenny Scharf contemporary artwork
Kenny ScharfRacecide, 2019Oil and spray paint on linen
101.5 x 91.5 cm
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Blobz R Me by Kenny Scharf contemporary artwork
Kenny ScharfBlobz R Me, 2018Oil on linen with powder coated aluminium frame
30 x 30 cm
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Kenny Scharf Current & Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Kenny Scharf, DystopianPainting at Almine Rech, New York
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10 September–23 October 2020 Kenny Scharf DystopianPainting Almine Rech, New YorkNew York
Contemporary art exhibition, Kenny Scharf, Anxiously Optimistic at Baik Art, Seoul
Closed
23 October–22 November 2019 Kenny Scharf Anxiously Optimistic Baik Art, SeoulSeoul
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, FIVE at Baik Art, Los Angeles
Closed
22 June–10 August 2019 Group Exhibition FIVE Baik Art, Los AngelesLos Angeles

Kenny Scharf Represented By

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

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