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Kenny Scharf

Born in 1958 - United States

BIOGRAPHY

Kenny Scharf (born 1958) is an American painter who lives in Brooklyn, New York. He received his B.F.A. in 1980 with a major in painting at the School of Visual Arts located in Manhattan, New York City.
Scharf's works consist of painting pop culture icons in a science fiction setting, such as the Flintstones and the Jetsons. He is most well known for his work in the 1980s interdisciplinary art scene.

Scharf was most known for his work in the East Village, Manhattan art scene of the 1980s, with shows at Fun gallery (1981) and Tony Shafrazi (1984), before seeing his work embraced by museums, such as the Whitney, which selected him for the 1985 Whitney Biennial. It was during this time that he did the cover art for the B-52s' fourth studio album, Bouncing off the Satellites.

Scharf was friends and former roommates with graffiti artist Keith Haring and appears in the documentary "The Universe of Keith Haring". With Keith, he created the first of his blacklight disco installations called "cosmic closet" in the closet of their Times Square apartment. That project has grown and morphed into its most recent incarnation, "Cosmic Cavern". In 2004, he appeared in The Nomi Song, a documentary about his friend, opera singer Klaus Nomi.

In 2010, Kenny Scharf collaborated with Joe Grillo and Laura Grant of Dearraindrop, an artist collective from Virginia Beach, for a show at The Hole NYC curated by Kathy Grayson. Scharf has had featured exhibits at the Monterrey Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami Center for the Fine Arts, and the Queens Museum of Art. As of 2015 he is still active.

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EXHIBITIONS

SOLO SHOWS

2015
Kenny Scharf - Born Again - Honor Fraser, Los Angeles, CA
2014
Kenny Scharf — Far Rockaway Mural - Clocktower Gallery & Radio, New York City, NY
2013
Kenny Scharf - Pop Renaissance - Honor Fraser, Los Angeles, CA
Kenny Scharf - Kolors - Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York City, NY
2012
Kenny Scharf - Hodgepodge - Honor Fraser, Los Angeles, CA
2011
Naturafutura And Three Dozen! - Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York City, NY
2009
Kenny Scharf - Barberadise - Honor Fraser, Los Angeles, CA
2008
Kenny Scharf - Gallery Seomi, Seoul
Kenny Scharf - Superdeluxa - Waddington Custot Galleries, London
2007
Kenny Scharf - Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York City, NY
2006
Kenny Scharf - Kevin Bruk Gallery, Miami, FL
2005
Kenny Scharf - Patrick Painter Inc., Santa Monica, CA
2004
Kenny Scharf - Groovenian Drawings - Kantor Gallery - LA, Los Angeles, CA
2002
Car Culture - Grand Central Art Center - California State University Fullerton, Santa Ana, CA
2001
Kenny Scharf - Hollywood Stars - LACE - Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA
Kenny Scharf - Portraits - Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York City, NY
2000
Kenny Scharf - New Paintings and Sculptures - Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York City, NY
1999
Kenny Scharf - Bild und Installation - Galerie Hans Mayer, Dusseldorf
Kenny Scharf - Heads - Galerie Hans Mayer, Dusseldorf
1998
KENNY SCHARF - Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego - MCASD La Jolla, La Jolla, CA
Kenny Scharf - Paintings and New Works on Paper - Kantor Gallery - LA, Los Angeles, CA
Kenny Scharf - Closet #16 - Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami (MOCA), Miami, FL
Kenny Scharf - Vivid Vision, New Paintings & Sculptures - Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York City, NY
1997
Kenny Scharf: When Worlds Collide - University Galleries at Illinois State University, Normal, Il
1996
Kenny Scharf - Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York City, NY
Kenny Scharf - Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey MARCO, Monterrey, NL
1995
Kenny Scharf - Full Circle, New Paintings - Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York City, NY
1992
Kenny Scharf - Paintings & Sculptures - Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York City, NY
1991
Contemporary Currents – Kenny Scharf - Queens Museum of Art (QMA), New York City, NY
Kenny Scharf - Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York City, NY
1988
Kenny Scharf - Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York City, NY
1987
Kenny Scharf - Sculptures and Paintings - Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York City, NY
1986
Kenny Scharf - Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York City, NY
1984
Kenny Scharf - Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York City, NY
Kenny Scharf - Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York City, NY
1983
Kenny Scharf - Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York City, NY


GROUP SHOWS

2014
Saying Yes to Everything - Honor Fraser, Los Angeles, CA
Urban Theater: New York Art In The 1980S - The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX
The Water Tank Project - The Water Tank Project, New York City, NY
Positivilly Marvillainous - Eric Firestone Gallery, East Hampton, NY
Fun And Games - Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga, CA
2013
Piston Head: Artists Engage the Automobile - Venus Over Manhattan, New York City, NY
(Con)Text - Sharon Arts Center, Peterborough, NH
Amerikulture - Eric Firestone Gallery, East Hampton, NY
Works From A Private Collection - Jerome Zodo Contemporary, Milan
2012
V1x - Tonight We Wont Be Bored - V1 Gallery, Copenhagen
Portrait of a Generation - The Hole NYC, New York City, NY
FlowerPower - Galerie ABTART, Stuttgart
The Old, The New, The Different - Kunsthalle Bern, Bern
2011
Jean-Michel Basquiat and the Rat pack - BURKHARD EIKELMANN GALERIE, Dusseldorf
Make - White Flag Projects, Saint Louis, MO
MAKE Skateboards - I-20 Gallery, New York City, NY
Nose Job - Eric Firestone Gallery, East Hampton, NY
A Summer of American Masters with Robert Indiana - KM fine Arts, Chicago, IL
Unfinished Paintings - LACE - Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA
New York Minute - Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow
When The Fairy Tale Never Ends - fordPROJECT, New York City, NY
2010
25th Anniversary Show - Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Privatbesitz2 - fuorizona artecontemporanea, Macerata
Bonheurs D'une Collection - Galerie du Tableau, Marseille
Mutant Pop - Loyal, Stockholm
Art Shack - Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
The 80s Revisited. Sammlung Bischofberger I - Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Bielefeld
2009
Something for Everyone - Hamiltons Gallery, London
Collector´s Choice II - ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe
"stages" - Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin - Paris, Paris
Images & (re)présentations - The 1980s – Part 2 - MAGASIN - Centre National d’art Contemporain de Grenoble, Grenoble
Remembering Henry's Show - The Brant Foundation, Greenwich, CT
Lovable Like Orphaned Kitties and Bastard Children - The Green Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
Synthetic - Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NY
2008
zerocarat - Friedman Benda Gallery, New York City, NY
Espèces d'espace - MAGASIN - Centre National d’art Contemporain de Grenoble, Grenoble
Invisible Rays: The Surrealism Legacy - The Rose Art Museum, Waltham, MA
In the Land of Retinal Delights: The Juxtapoz Factor - Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
Brasil desFocos [o olho de fora] - Paço das Artes, São Paulo
2007
Four Friends - Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York City, NY
strange weight - Martos Gallery, New York City, NY
The Art Parade - Deitch Projects - 76 Grand Street, New York City, NY
POP ART 1960's to 2000's - Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima
News on Paper - Burkhard Eikelmann Com, Dusseldorf
2006
Artists of the Eighties - IKON Ltd, Santa Monica, CA
Surrealism: Then and Now - Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York City, NY
2005
CerealArt - Perry Rubenstein Gallery - 526 West 24 street, New York City, NY
2004
East Village USA - New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York City, NY
101 Ways : Beginning Here - Visual Arts Museum - School of Visual Arts (SVA), New York City, NY
2003
Splat Boom Pow! The Influence of Comics in Contemporary Art - Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX
Pulse: Art, Healing, and Transformation - ICA - Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, Boston, MA
2002
The Juxtapoz Eight Anniversary Art Show - Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
In the Pink: An Exploration of Color in Art - Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL
That Place - The Moore Space, Miami, FL
New York Expression - KODE, Bergen
Made in USA - Ludwig Galerie - Schloß Oberhausen, Oberhausen
2001
POP ON PAPER - Burkhard Eikelmann Com, Dusseldorf
Seeing - Los Angeles County Museum of Art - LACMA, Los Angeles, CA
Mythic Proportions - Painting in the 1980’s - Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami (MOCA), Miami, FL
2000
An Exhibition of Selected Paintings - Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA
The Ufo Show - University Galleries at Illinois State University, Normal, Il
1999
Monsters of the '80s - Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Winter Park, FL
RECENT GIFTS FROM THE LANNAN FOUNDATION - Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego - MCASD Downtown, San Diego, CA
Dreaming II: Contemporary American Art and Ancient Korea - Akira Ikeda - New York, New York City, NY
1998
American Graffiti - CAM - Casa Andrade Muricy, Curitiba
Pop Surrealism - The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT
Tillbaka till åttiotalet — redan? / Isn't It Too Early for the Eighties Yet? - Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art, Malmö
Dreaming II: Contemporary American Art and Ancient Korea - Akira Ikeda - New York, New York City, NY
1994
Just a Story from America (A. V.) - Galleria In Arco, Turin
1993
1982-83, Ten Years After - Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York City, NY
1991
Summertime - Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York City, NY
1989
Don't Bungle in the Jungle! - A Benefit Exhibition for the Rainforest - Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York City, NY
1988
Les années 80 : à la surface de la peinture - Abbaye St André - Centre d'art contemporain Meymac, Meymac
Summer Group Show - Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York City, NY
Comic Iconoclasm - Cornerhouse, Manchester
1986
What It Is - Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York City, NY
1985
Whitney Biennial 1985 - Whitney Biennial, New York City, NY
1984
Rapid Enamel The Art of Graffiti - The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Via New York - Musée d´art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal, QC
The New Portrait - MoMA PS1, New York City, NY
1983
Painting Sculpture Totems and 3D - Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York City, NY
Champions - Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York City, NY
New Work New York - Newcastle Salutes New York - University Gallery and Baring Wing - Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne
1982
Kenny Scharf and Futura 2000 - Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York City, NY
Young Americans - Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York City, NY
Space Invaders - MoMA PS1, New York City, NY
1981
New York/New Wave - MoMA PS1, New York City, NY
1980
The Times Square Show - 41st st and 7th ave, New York, New York City, NY

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