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March 19 - July 10, 2016


Kenny Scharf, From the Closet # 29 (Los Angeles), 2012.
Photo: Joshua White
  Kenny Scharf, Pink Frosted Cruller in Outer Space, 2010, Oil on linen, 24 x 24 inches, Private Collection

Opening on Saturday, March 19, 2016 and remaining on view through Sunday, July 10, 2016, Kenny Scharf is sponsored by TAHARI Arthur S. Levine.

Emerging with the New York City graffiti and street art movement of the 1980s, Kenny Scharf (b. 1958) is known for his vibrantly colorful large-scale paintings and exuberantly playful installations. His imagery draws upon pop icons, media advertising and consumer culture of the 1960s, including TV cartoon characters such as the Flintstones and the Jetsons. Curated by Director Dr. Karl E. Willers and the Museum's staff, Kenny Scharf showcases major paintings and sculptures from throughout the artist's career. Highlights of this exhibition are the expansive mural Pop Renaissance that surrounds the viewer, a version of the artist's Cosmic Cavern club-like environment, as well as a recreation of the artist's former Brooklyn studio complete with spattered walls, painted furniture and other workspace ephemera.

In speaking about his art, Kenny Scharf commented: "I believe the artist has a social responsibility to engage others in a thought process that ultimately brings the creative process into everyday life thereby enhancing the quality of our experience." According to Art News, he inaugurated his iconic Cosmic Cavern installations when he turned his basement into one of the day-glo environments that have been his trademark since the 1980s. Versions of these Cosmic Cavern installations have been seen at the 1985 Whitney Biennial and at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City. Works by Scharf are also in the collections of such major New York institutions as the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim Museum and the Jewish Museum. Internationally, works by Scharf have been collected by Mexico's Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey; the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, Germany; and the Stedelijk Museum of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

The Museum is offering programs that will serve to enhance the experience of viewing this exhibition of works by Kenny Scharf.

April 14, May 12, June 9
Brown Bag Lectures

June 19
Art Performance-Kenny Scharf