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Kenny Scharf | Miamor, 2015


Kenny Scharf | Miamor, 2015 | 22.5” x 30”

Kenny Scharf

Scharf, whose work adorns the Wynwood Walls, is known for connecting to popular culture through his paintings and creating cartoon-like characters that are instantly recognizable. Scharf lived in Miami during the '90s and his works have been exhibited at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Bass Museum of Art, and Miami Art Museum (now the Perez Art Museum Miami). Kenny lived in New York City in the late 1970s, and his work embodies the spirit of that time, a Golden Age that continued through the early 1980s, in which Pop, New Wave, graffiti and the downtown art scene were colliding. It was during this explosive period that he first learned to use spray paint, and to master this newfound medium he remembers bombing the length of Manhattan between his studio in PS1 Queens and his home in the East Village, leaving the avenues covered with his characters. Like his contemporaries Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kenny was inspired by graffiti's freedom and the direct connection street art gave him to people outside of the art world. Kenny's spirit and his belief that art should be appreciated for the experience rather than for commercialism continue to inspire younger generations.

Those interested in purchasing any piece of the collection contact Aric Kurzman at akurzman@arshtcenter.org or at 305.987.5249.

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