Cult American artist, Kenny Scharf, the grandfather of Street Art, who alongside friends Haring and Basquiat founded the street art movement in 1980s New York with his surreal pop art murals, is to have his first UK exhibition for ten years in London. Titled “Blobz” the exhibition featuring all new works comes hot off the back of two critically acclaimed shows featuring Scarf’s work in New York at both MoMA and the Whitney Museum.
Kenny Scharf’s huge street murals (images below) paved the way for the street artists of today including Banksy and Shepard Fairey, as well as the multitude of new street artists that are exploding across the UK’s cities. Kenny Scarf was one of the few surviving artists from the iconic 1980s counterculture East Village Art movement in New York, which paved the way for the street art movement, unlike his close friend and roommate Haring and Basquiat who tragically succumbed to the AIDS and heroin epidemics of the 80s.
Kenny Scharf ARGGGHHHHGRRRR 2018
Often described as playful, optimistic and full of joy, Kenny’s work heavily references popular culture and the cartoons the artist grew up with. Scharf is equally famous for his trademark Cosmic Caverns, immersive black light and Day-Glo paint installations that turned into neon disco parties at the electrifying countercultural collective Club 57.
Kenny Scharf TOUNGLES, 2018
Kenny Scharf BLOBZ An exhibition of new works 26th June – 10th July Opera Gallery www.operagallery.com
Kenny Scharf UNTITLEDBLOB
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