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Kenny Scharf

Untitled, 1982

Acrylic and Day-Glo on canvas
94 × 170 in
238.8 × 431.8 cm
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P
Phillips

From the Catalogue:
"We got our first color TV in 1965. It was one of the happiest days of my …

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From the Catalogue:
"We got our first color TV in 1965. It was one of the happiest days of my life...I used to just sit and hallucinate in front of the TV." — Kenny Scharf

Untitled, 1982 is a quintessential example of Scharf’s formative works from the early 1980’s when he was solidifying what would become …

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Kenny Scharf
American, b. 1958
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Muralist, painter, sculptor, and installation artist Kenny Scharf is best known for his fantastical, large-scale paintings of anthropomorphic animals and imagined creatures, as in Viva Mare Viva Mar (2011). Though Scharf’s brightly colored imagery is generally playful, he has remarked that darker themes exist beneath the surface of his works, visible upon closer inspection. Scharf was a part of the 1980s East Village Art movement, along with his good friend and fellow street artist Keith Haring. The artist says he has been influenced by all 20th-century art movements, including Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art, the latter reflected in his appropriation of cartoon characters from television shows like the Flintstones and Jetsons and his humorous depiction of snack food in Maple Glazed Donut Over Fertile Landscape (2011). Scharf’s oftentimes dense and frenetic compositions also echo a Baroque sensibility.

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About the work
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Phillips

From the Catalogue:
"We got our first color TV in 1965. It was one of the happiest days of my …

Read more

From the Catalogue:
"We got our first color TV in 1965. It was one of the happiest days of my life...I used to just sit and hallucinate in front of the TV." — Kenny Scharf

Untitled, 1982 is a quintessential example of Scharf’s formative works from the early 1980’s when he was solidifying what would become …

Read more
Kenny Scharf
American, b. 1958
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Muralist, painter, sculptor, and installation artist Kenny Scharf is best known for his fantastical, large-scale paintings of anthropomorphic animals and imagined creatures, as in Viva Mare Viva Mar (2011). Though Scharf’s brightly colored imagery is generally playful, he has remarked that darker themes exist beneath the surface of his works, visible upon closer inspection. Scharf was a part of the 1980s East Village Art movement, along with his good friend and fellow street artist Keith Haring. The artist says he has been influenced by all 20th-century art movements, including Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art, the latter reflected in his appropriation of cartoon characters from television shows like the Flintstones and Jetsons and his humorous depiction of snack food in Maple Glazed Donut Over Fertile Landscape (2011). Scharf’s oftentimes dense and frenetic compositions also echo a Baroque sensibility.

Kenny Scharf

Untitled, 1982

Acrylic and Day-Glo on canvas
94 × 170 in
238.8 × 431.8 cm
Bidding closed
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