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KENNY SCHARF TAKING OVER NYC

Kenny Scharf Mural, Houston & Bowery, NYC

January 2011

Pop artist & friend Kenny Scharf has taken over NYC! He has an incredible mural on Houston & Bowery.  Formerly managed by Jeffrey Deitch (now at MOCA) and now curated by Deitch Project alum Kathy Grayson, the wall has seen an inspiring rotation of artists, with a Dash Snow memorial as the most recent decor.  If you’re in NYC, plowing thru the snowy streets of lower Manhattan – swing over to Houston (btw Bowery & Elizabeth Streets) to see this amazing masterpiece (before it gets all tagged up)!

Cheers, Kenny!


Kenny Scharf was born in 1958 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. He is an American painter who divides his time between New York City and Los Angeles. Scharf received his B.F.A in 1980 from the School of Visual Arts located in New York City.  His vividly abstract and colorful works consist of pop culture based themes with science-related backgrounds and animated characters. Scharf uses images from the animated cartoons popular during his childhood, such as The Flintstones and The Jetsons.  In 2001, he released a cartoon of his own, “The Groovenians” of which there was only one episode.   Scharf has known Patrick McMullan for over twenty years and was a key figure in the East Village 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. He did the album covers of The B-52′s in the mid-80s.  In 1995, Scharf also designed a room at the Tunnel nightclub in New York.  Scharf was friends with the graffiti artist Keith Haring and appears in the documentary “The Universe of Keith Haring“. In 2004, he appeared in The Nomi Song, a documentary about his friend, opera singer and new wave star Klaus Nomi.   Scharf has had featured exhibits at the Monterey Museum of Contemporary Art, the Miami Center for the Fine Arts, The Queens Museum of Art, and the Waddington Gallery in London.  Scharf is represented by New York City’s Paul Kasmin Gallery which also shows Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, David Hockney, Morris Louis, Al Held, and others.

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Photography and Design by Marie Havens

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(L & R) Kenny Scharf Mural, Houston & Bowery, NYC, January 26, 2011, Photography by Marie Havens

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Kenny Scharf Mural, Houston & Bowery, NYC, January 26, 2011, Photography by Marie Havens

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Kenny Scharf Mural, Houston & Bowery, NYC, January 26, 2011, Photography by Marie Havens

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Kenny Scharf Mural, Houston & Bowery, NYC, January 26, 2011, Photography by Marie Havens

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Kenny Scharf Mural, Houston & Bowery, NYC, January 26, 2011, Photography by Marie Havens


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