Kool Koor

Born in 1963 - United States

BIOGRAPHY

Charles Hargrove, alias Kool Koor is an American artist, friend of Basquiat and Keith Haring, born in New York in 1963. He is a "pure product" of the South Bronx. Son of painters, he studied architecture and graphic design, and has always been passionate about graffiti.

He switches from graffiti on walls to painting, and had his first show at the age of 16 at Fashion Moda, the first gallery who was interested in artists from the Bronx. He soon becomes known in the East Village and Soho artistic scene. "Graffiti connection", "Graffiti writer"... artist Kool Koor is one of the most interesting representatives of "Tagging" of his generation. His mastery of aerosol painting shows both eloquence and passion for acid colors with tones of neon pink, gold, red, creating futuristic landscapes that are neither figurative nor abstract.

Through a language of letters that appear through his drawings, Kool Koor paints his interpretation of the present world, of the past and the future by depicting space travelers and his own calligraphy in multidimensional images.

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EXHIBITIONS

COLLECTIONS selected

The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York City USA

Musee des Beaux-Arts Mons Belgium

The Groninger Museum Groningen Holland

Morton G. Neumann family collection USA

Herbert and Leonore Schorr Collection USA

Norman Dubrow collection USA

Eric Ogden Collection USA

Henk and Leonie Pijnenburg collection

Communauté Française, Belgium

Alain Dominique Gallizia collection France

Galleria Communale d’Arte Moderna Bologna Italy

Stadtiche Gallerie Goppingen Germany

Galerie der Stadt Esslingen am Neckar Esslingen Germany

The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngtown, Ohio USA


SOLO EXHIBITIONS selected

2014

“Black Gold” NK Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium

2013

“Transform.. Evolve' Covart Gallery, Luxembourg
“Papers” Begramoff Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

2012

“Frozen Dreams” Vincent V Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
“Melanges with Kool Koor” blank, Brussels, Belgium

2011

'A NEW WORLD' LBK Bank, Brussels, Belgium
“The Arbitrator' Covart Gallery, Luxembourg

2009

“Jewels of the Trade” Galerie Etienne De Causan, Paris, France
“Chuck Koor Hargrove, Schilderijen en Objecten”, Galerie DZD Art, Roermond, Holland

2008

"Koor – Back to the Roots" Gallery 151, New York City, U.S.A.
“Chuck Koor Hargrove, Schilderijen en Objecten”, Galerie DZD Art, Roermond, Holland

2006

"Seven Sources" Tempus Arte, Landen, Belgium

2005

“Koor“ Galerie Willy Schoots, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
"Microkoorsm" Fine Art Studio, Brussels, Belgium
“EYE CANDY” Museum Tongerlohuys, Roosendaal, The Netherlands (2 man show)

2004

"Koor, Recent Works" Fine Art Studio, Brussels, Belgium
"Reality Revisited" Sabine Watchers Gallery, Knokke, Belgium

2003

“Koor“ Galerie Willy Schoots, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

“Elevations” Privé Domein, Deurne, The Netherlands

2002

“Draftworks” Privé Domein, Deurne, The Netherlands

1999

“3D Skryptroniks” Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium

1998

“Monoliths vs. Pyroliths” Tour et Taxis” Brussels, Belgium

1996

21st Inernational Kunst en Antiekbeurs, Knokke, Belgium

1995

“KOOR” Gallerie Dis, Maastricht, Holland

1991

“KOOR” Gallerie der Stadt Esslingen am Neckar, Esslingen, Germany
“KOOR” Gallery M, Bayreuth, Germany
“KOOR” Maurice Keitelman Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

1990

“KOOR” Art Boom, Deurne, Holland

1988

“KOOR” Gallery 69, New York City, U.S.A.
“KOOR” Maurice Keitelman Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
“KOOR” Forum, Hamburg, Germany

1985

“The Arbitrator KOOR” Cable Gallery, NewYrok City, U.S.A.
“The Arbitrator KOOR” Maurice Keitelman Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

1984

“The Arbitrator KOOR” West Central Graphics, New York City, U.S.A.

1983

“The Arbitrator KOOR” Lucky Strike, New York City, U.S.A.

1982

“The Arbitrator KOOR” Hostos Community College


GROUP EXHIBITIONS selected

2014

"DECADE" Galerie Martine Ehmer, Brussels, Belgium
"COVERED", NK Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
"Dali fait le Mur",Dali Museum, Paris, France
'WALL STREET L'or de la rue.', Bastille Design Centre, Paris, France

2013

'U.R.' Urban Renewal, Galerie Martine EHMER, Brussels Belgium
'ORGANIC STRUCTURES' Annasatoko Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
'Museum Night Fever' Museum of Natural Science, Brussels Belgium
'TOUT & MINI' Begramoff Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
'DAY ONE FESTIVAL' Antwerp, Belgium
'Marquers de Vie' Brussels, Belgium
'L'Or' Eglise de la Trinity, Brussels, Belgium
'Crimes of Minds' Brest, France
'Melanges – Retrospective' Blank, Brussels, Belgium
“Tekens aan de Wand” Tongerlohuys Museum, Roosendaal, The Netherlands

2012

'JIM' Covart Gallery, Marciac, France

2011

'IK MIS JE- I MISS YOU' Krabbedans, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
'ART IN THE STREETS' The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
'EXPLOSITION' Musee du Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium
'Tag in Monaco' Grimaldi Forum, Monaco, France
'ART ACCESS AND DECAY 1975~1985' Subliminal Projects, LA California, U.S.A

2010

“Graffiti” Scryption Museum, Tilburg, The Netherlands
“The Alchemy of Delusion” Aeroplastics Contemporary, Brussles, Belgium

2009

“Le Tag”, Grand Palais, Paris , France
“Ne Dans La Rue”, Fondation Cartier, Paris , Farnce
“d’RAW” Schunck Glaspalaies, Heerlen, The Netherlands
“East African Art Biennal” Dar Es Salaam,Tanzania, Africa

2008

“Fruits de une Passion” Musee des Beaux Arts, Mons, Belgium

2007

“East African Art Biennal” Dar Es Salaam,Tanzania, Africa

2006

“New Giants” Brandon Pijnenburg, Barcelona, Spain
“Kunst en Bedrijf”, DZD ART, Roermond, The Netherlands

2004

"New York Graffiti a Retrospective" Maurice Keitelman Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

2003

“Writings on the Wall” Sotheby's, Amsterdam, Holland

2002

“The Nature of Things” The Gallery of Visual Artists House, Warsaw, Poland

1999

Gallery Declercq, Knokke, Belgium

1998

“New York Graffiti” Das Museum der Stadt Ratingen, Ratingen, Germany
“Fruits de une Passion” Musee des Beaux Arts, Mons, Belgium

1996

“Het Vanijn van de Muze” Stadelijk Museum Roermond, Roermond, Holland

1993

“Against the Wall” Space Time Light Gallery, New York City, U.S.A.

1992

“New York Graffiti” The Groninger Museum, Groningen, Holland

1991

Musee National des Monuments Francaise, Paris, France
“American Grffiti a Survey” Liverpool Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
The Federal Reserve Board, Washington D.C. U.S.A.
“Junge Schweinfurter Kunstler” Schweinfurt, Germany

1989

“Le Premiere Beinnale Jeune Peinture” Cannes, France
The Museum of American Graffiti, New York City, U.S.A.
“New York Graffiti” Stadtische Gallerie, Goppingen, Gremany
“An Der Wand” Weisbaden, Germany
The Museum of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany
Gemeente Museum, Helmond, Holland
The Groninger Museum, Groningen, Holland

1988

Gallery Thomas, Munchen, Germany
Fashion Moda, New York City, U.S.A.

1987

“Melee” Franklin Furnace, New York City, U.S.A.
“Maurice Keitelman Gallery Presents” Lineart Gent, Belgium
“New York Graffiti” Wilhelm-Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen, Germany
“Beyond Words” fashion Moda, New York City, U.S.A.

1986

112 Green Street Gallery, New York City, U.S.A.
“Fine and Functional Art” Art et Industrie, New York City, U.S.A.
“Graffiti art for the Collector “Gallery International 52, New York City, U.S.A.

1985

Mirano International, Brussels, Belgium
Frank Bernaducci Gallery, New York City, U.S.A
“Festivale Culturale” Ivrea, Italy
“A One Koor Toxic” Fashion Moda, New York City, U.S.A.
“Arts Delores Ormandy Neuman Presents” Inernational Art Fair Chicago, Chicago Il, U.S.A.

1984

“Calligraffiti” Leila Taghina Milani Gallery, New York City, U.S.A
Gallery Communale d’Art Moderna, Bologna, Italy
Gallery Thomas, Munchen, Germany
Beinnale Venice, Italy
Fashion Moda, New York City, U.S.A.
“Graffiti Thanks Alot” Fun Gallery, New York City, U.S.A.
“Post Graffiti” Sidney Janis Gallery, New York City, U.S.A.
“New York Graffiti” Maurice Keitelman Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
“Jean Michel Basquiat – Rammellzee – A One – Koor – Toxic” Paige Powell, New York City, U.S.A.

1982

“An Evening With Panzerism” Squat Theater, New York City, U.S.A.
The Hudson Valley Museum, Hudson Valley New York, U.S.A.
“Camouflaged Panzerism” Fashion Moda, New York City, U.S.A.

1981

“The South Bronx Show” Fashion Moda, New York City, U.S.A.

1980

“Graffiti Art Success” Fashion Moda, New York City, U.S.A.

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