PICA presents Kenny Scharf: New Sculpture, an exhibition of new work by New York artist Kenny Scharf, September 14 through October 16 at 1129 NW Johnson.
Kenny Scharf burst into the New York art world in the late seventies with his space-age, pop art paintings inspired by Hanna Barbera and Andy Warhol. Along with contemporaries Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Ann Magnuson, he belonged to a group of young artists who turned the club culture of the seventies into the booming art market of the eighties. Exhibiting his work at such places as Fiorucci, Club 57, the Palladium and the Mudd Club, Scharf caught the attention of serious collectors, critics and curators as he began to developed his own unique, cartoon-inspired style, for which he coined the term Pop Surealism.
With this new body of work, Scharf has transformed his whimsical, biomorphic images from two to three-dimensional forms cast in bronze. New York Times critic Grace Glueck described them as “clever, witty and visually literate, with even a touch of, yes, elegance.”
Please join us for the opening on Tuesday, September 14 from 6-9 pm. Exhibition hours are Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 6 pm, noon to 9 pm on First Thursday. Suggested donation: $3. Free for PICA members.
This exhibition is sponsored by Hoyt St. Properties and the Pearl Art Foundation with additional support from Full Sail Brewing Company, Nordstrom, Paragon Restaurant and Bar, RIPE Catering and Torrefazione Italia.
Special thanks to the generosity of Steven McGeady and Linda Taylor, Isaac Kalisvaart and Francien Valk, Jim and Susan Winkler, Robert and Martha Gamblin and the many individuals and businesses who have supported the Visual Exhibition Expansion Program of the Campaign for PICA.