In the 1980s Kenny Scharf began putting his joyful, psychedelic touch on every surface he could find, including major appliances. He worked hard and played hard with his roommate, Keith Haring, and the other artists and notables who hung out at Club 57.
Scharf left his home in L.A. to study at the School of Visual Arts. After getting his B.F.A. in 1980, his work was embraced by major galleries and was part of the Whitney Biennial in 1985.
His use of Flintstone and Jetson characters has generated a nostalgia for his work. At one of the last live Sotheby’s auctions in March, a 1982 Flintstone painting garnered $525,000, way above the auction estimate.
Scharf’s recent silkscreens are beautifully created; Scharf versions of jubilant still life. We are pleased to be able to offer these new works at VFA. At 62, Scharf may be maturing. He has not been arrested for graffiti for seven years (at least he hasn’t been caught in seven years).
He has studios in L.A. and New York. His works are in the permanent collection of the Guggenheim, the Whitney, the Bass Museum in Miami Beach and many other fine museums and galleries around the world.