Kenny Scharf

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Kenny Scharf
Born 1958 in Los Angeles, California
Currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California

Education

1980
Bachelor of Fine Arts, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY.

Solo Exhibitions

2021
Vaxi Nation, Almine Rech, Paris, France

2020
DystopianPainting, Almine Rech, New York, NY
Moodz, Jeffrey Dietch, Los Angeles, LA

2019
Optimistically Melting, Honor Fraser Gallery,  Los Angeles, CA
Anxiously  Optimistic,  Baik Gallery, Seoul,  Korea
Universalis, La Nave Salinas,  Ibiza, Spain
Blue Blood, Totah, New York, NY
Viva Lo Vivo, After & Again, Mexico City, Mexico

2018
Super Pop Universe,  Lotte  Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Inner and Outer Space, Lelia Heller Gallery, Dubai, UAE
Scharftopia  The  Far  Out  World  of  Kenny  Scharf , Gustavus  College,  Minnesota Kenny Scharf, David Klien Gallery, Detroit, Michigan
Paradis Perdu, Galerie Enrico Navarra, Paris, France

2017
Blox and Bax, Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
Inner and Outer Space,  Jeffrey  Deitch, New York, NY

2016
Kenny Scharf, Nassau  County  Museum  of  Art, Roslyn  Harbor, NY

2015
Born Again,  Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
SCHOW, Frederic Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FL

2014
Pace Face, Pace Prints, New York, NY
Kenny Scharf, Colette, Paris, France

2013
Kolors, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY
Amerikulture, Eric Firestone Gallery, East Hampton, NY

2012
Hodgepodge, The Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.

2011
Naturafutura, Paul Kasmin, New York, NY

2009
Barberadise,  Honor Fraser Gallery,  Los Angeles, CA

2008
Superdeluxa, Waddington Gallery,  London, UK
80’s Back, Seomi & Tuus, Seoul, Korea

2007
NEW! Paul Kasmin Gallery,  New York, NY

2006
Astro Cumulo Nibus Uber Express, Raleigh Hotel  Art Basel,  Miami Beach, FL

2005
Superpop, Paul Kasmin Gallery  New York, NY
Outer Limits, Patrick Painter Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2004
Groovenian Drawings, Kantor Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Schablobz, Kenny Schachter/Rove, New York, NY
California Grown, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Los Angeles, CA
Face Value, Kevin Bruk Gallery, Miami Beach, FL

2003
Nightlight, Patrick Painter Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Paintings 1990-1997, Cotthem Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

2002
Muted, Chac Mool Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2001
Car Nation, UC Fullerton Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana, CA
Portraits, Tony Schafrazi Gallery,  New York, NY
Hollywood Stars, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions  Los Angeles, CA

2000
Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA
Small Paintings & Bronzes, Tony Shafrazi  Gallery, New York, NY
Closet # 18, Young  at  Art  Children’s Museum, Davie, FL

1999
Heads, Small  Paintings  and  Closet # 16, Galerie Hans Mayer, Berlin, Germany
New Sculpture, PICA-Portland  Institute  for Contemporary Art  Portland, OR
Heads and Small Paintings, Galerie Hans Mayer, Dusseldorf, Germany

1998
Kenny Scharf, Galerie  Ramis  Barquet, Monterrey, Mexico
Kenny Scharf, McIntosh  Gallery,  Atlanta, GA
Kenny Scharf, Kantor  Gallery,  Los Angeles, CA
Kenny Scharf, Tony Shafrazi  Gallery,  New York, NY

1997
Pop Surrealist, Salvador Dali Museum,  St. Petersburg, FL
When Worlds Collide, Curated by Barry Blinderman, University Galleries  Illinois State, IL Kenny Scharf, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, NY
Ultraelektrik, Paintings, Sculpture & Customized Appliances, Sony Building  New York, NY

1996
Kenny Scharf, Tony Shafrazi  Gallery NY.
El Mundo de Kenny Scharf, Museo de Art Contemporaneo de Monterrey, Mexico 
Kenny Scharf, Heads Center for the Fine Arts, Miami, FL
Kenny Scharf, Galerie 56, Budapest, Hungary

1995
Early Paintings 1975-78, Yoshi  Gallery, New York, NY 
Kenny Scharf, Galerie Cotthem-Hedwig Van Impe, Knokke, Belgium Kenny Scharf, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, NY
Scharf-O-Rama 1978-1995,  Museum of Art, Ft.Lauderdale, Fl

1994
Wildlife, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, NY

1993
Kenny Scharf,  Works on Paper , Galerie Burkhard R Eikelmann, Dusseldorf Kenny Scharf,  Closet #11, Cafe  Click, Dusseldorf, Germany
Kenny Scharf,  Closet # 10 World Gallery Miami, Fl

1992
Kenny Scharf, Edward Totah Gallery, New York, NY
Kenny Scharf, Galeria Rocca 6, Torino, Italy
Kenny Scharf, Galeria Seno, Milan, Italy

1991
Kenny Scharf, Tony Shafrazi Gallery  NY
Kenny Scharf, Studio Trisorio, Naples, Italy
Kenny Scharf, AC&T Corporation, Tokyo, Japan
Kenny Scharf, Galerie Hans Mayer, Dusseldorf, Germany
Kenny Scharf,  Akira Ikeda Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

1990
Kenny Scharf, Galerie Beaubourg, Paris, France

1989
Kenny Scharf, Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1988
Kenny Scharf,  Akira Ikeda Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

1987
Kenny Scharf, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, NY

1986
Kenny Scharf, Akira Ikeda Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

1985
Kenny Scharf, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, NY
Kenny Scharf, Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich, Germany

1984
Kenny Scharf, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, NY
Kenny Scharf, Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1983
Kenny Scharf, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, NY
Kenny Scharf, American Graffiti Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands

1982
Kenny Scharf, Fun Gallery, New York, NY

1981
Kenny Scharf, National Studio Artists P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center Kenny Scharf, Customized Appliances Club 57, New York, NY
Kenny Scharf, The Jetsons Fun Gallery, New York, NY

1979
Kenny Scharf, Celebration of the Space Age, Club  57,  New York, NY

Group Exhibitions

2021

'Salon de Peinture', Almine Rech, New York, USA
‘Un Hiver à Paris’, Almine Rech, Paris, France

2019
Happy, NSU  Art Museum,  FL
Beyond The Streets, Brooklyn,  New York 
Fatherhood, Over the Influence, Los Angeles,  CA
Summer of  ‘82,  Curated by Dan Cameron, Johannes  Vogt,  New York, NY 
Yesterday’s Tomorrowland Today a Xerox Show, Winslow Garage,  Los Angeles, CA

2018
Paper Trail,  Allouche Gallery, New York, NY
Polarities, Totah, New York, NY
Auto didactic the Juxtapose School,  Petersen  Automotive  Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Warhol & Friends  New  York  in  the  80’s,  Palazzo  Albergati,  Bologna, Italy
Dancing Goddesses, Dio Horia Gallery, Mykonos,  Greece
Under One Roof, Urban Nation Museum for Urban Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany
Donald Baechler, Ross  Bleckner,  Enoc  Perez  &  Kenny  Scharf,  Alloche  Benais,  Athens, Greece Beyond The Streets, Curated by  Roger  Gastman, Los Angeles,  CA
Stand Still: A Still Life Show,  Allouche Gallery, New York, NY

2017
Bombay  Beach  Biennale, Curated  by  Lily  Johnson,  White Salton Sea, CA
Animal Farm, Curated  by  Sadie Laska,  Brant Foundation, Greenwich,  CT
Fast Forward - Painting  from  the  1980’s,  Whitney Museum of American Art,  New York, NY Club 57”  Films, Performance  and  Art  in  the  East  Village 1978-1983,  MoMA, NY,  NYC

2016
Around  the  World  in  86  Days, Ludwig Forum  Aachen, Aachen, Germany
A  Selection of  Works  of  the  80’s, Vito  Schnabel Gallery, St. Moritz, Switzerland
Cosmic Connections, David Totah Gallery, New York, NY
Piston  Head  2  Artist  Engage  the  Automobile, Venus  Over Los Angeles,  Los Angeles,  CA Masters: Urban & Street Art, Galerie Laurent Strouk, Paris, France
The  Neon  Wilderness  Voices  from  Los Angeles, The  Conversation, Berlin, Germany
Muse, Galerie  Hideout,  Paris, France
AftermodernisM, Neumann  Wolfson  Art, Watermilll,  NY
DESIRE,  Curated  by  Diana  Widmaier  Picasso, Gagosian & Deitch,  Art Basel Miami Beach, FL

2015
She  Sells  Seashells  by  the  Seashore, Eric Firestone Gallery, East Hampton, NY

2014
Urban Theater, New York  Art  in the 1980’s,  The  Modern  Art  Museum  of  Ft.Worth, Texas
Fun and Games,  Montalvo Art Center   Saratoga, CA
Saying Yes to Everything” :  Honor  Fraser  Gallery   Curated  by  Corrina  Peipon   Los Angeles,  CA LOISADA” :  NY’s Lower  East Side  in the 80’s  Addison  Gallery  Andover,  MA
Appropriate Disruption” :  Jacob  Lewis  Gallery  NYC

2013
AREA THE EXHIBITION,   The Hole NYC
Artist Engage The Automobile”   Pistonhead  –  Art Basel Miami Beach, Fl
Calligraffiti”  Leila Heller Gallery   NY.  NY
Futures Project”   Center  for  the  Living  Arts   Mobile,  Al
Contemporary Magic”  Tarot  Deck  Art  Project   The Dali Museum,  St.  Petersburg,  Fl
Virginia MOCA”  Virginia Beach, VA

2012
Thank You Andy Warhol”  Benrimon Contemporary,  NY. NY.
Times Square Show Revisited”  Leubsdorf  Gallery  Hunter  College  NY. NY
Portrait of a Generation”  The Hole Gallery  NY. NY
All For You”  Eric Firestone  Gallery  East  Hampton,  NY

2011
The Artist Museum”  MOCA  Los Angeles, CA
Art In The Streets”  MOCA  Los Angeles, CA 
New York Minute” Garage  Center  for  Contemporary  Culture, Moscow
Facemaker” Curated  by  Kathy  Grayson  Royal-T,  Culver  City,  CA
Unfinished Paintings” Contemporary Exhibitions  Los Angeles , CA
Nose Job”  Eric Firestone  Gallery  East Hampton, NY
East Village West” Royal T  Lounge  Los Angeles, CA
From Here to Eternity” Curated by Kenton Parker   Scion  Installation  Space, Culver City,   CA

2010
Pause” Cosmopolitan Hotel  Las Vegas, NV
Art Shack” Laguna Art Museum  Laguna Beach, CA
Mutant Pop” Loyal Gallery  Malmo,  Sweden

2009
Wynwood Walls” Outdoor Mural Project produced by Deitch  Projects   Art Basel  Miami,  FL Primary Flight” Site – specific  Street  Level  Mural,  Art  Basel  Miami,  FL
Loveable Like Orphan Kitties and Bastard Children”  Green  Gallery,  Milwaukee, WI
Just What Are They Saying”  Jonathan Ferrara Gallery  New Orleans, LA
Nude Show”  Paul Kasmin Gallery  New York,  NY

2008
Four Friends,  Tony Shafrazi Gallery  New York, NY
Totally Rad, Paul Kasmin Gallery,   New York, NY
American Standard, Design District  Miami Beach, FL
Juxtapose School, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach CA
Zero Carat Jewelry Friedman, Benda Gallery, New York, NY

2007
Four Friends, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, NY
Art Parade, King of Parade,  Jeffrey Deitch, New York,  NY
Big Secret Cache,  Angstrom Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2006
Surrealism Then and Now, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY
Juxtapose Anniversary, Copro Nason, Culver City,  CA

2005
Enjoy By, Bill Farroux, Venice, CA

2004
East Village USA,  New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY
Beginning Here: 101 Ways, Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY
100 Artists See Satan,  Grand Central Art Center,  Santa Ana, CA

2003
Quest,  Vincent Van Gogh Museum,  Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Splat, Boom, Pow, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX
Portraits, Heidi Lee Fine Art, New York, NY
Faces and Figures, The Art Museum at Florida International University,  Miami, FL
Beauty Stripped Bare / LA Black & White, BGH Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

1997
In Your Face Haring, Basquiat & Scharf,  Leo Malca Fine Art, New York, NY
Art and Provocation: Images from Rebels, Museum of Contemporary Art,Boulder, Co

1996
New Figuration, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, Az
Hot Off the Press: New Editions, Pace Prints, New York, NY

1995
Altered and Irrational: Selections from the Permanent Collection, Whitney Museum, NY Art, Design and Barbie, Liberty Street Gallery, New York, NY
Art + Architecture, Center for Contemporary Art , Miami
A New York Time:Selected Drawings from the Eighties, Bruce Museum , Greenwich, CT

1993
About Nature, Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH
Art and Environment, National Arts Club, New York, NY
Extravagant: The Economy of Elegance, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, NY
1982-93: Ten Years After, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, NY

1992
1492, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey, Mexico
Variations Gitanes, Grande Halle de la Villette, Paris
Objets Trouves Galerie de Jour, Agnes B, Paris
Balade de l’Amour Halle de l’Uniondes arts Decoratifs, Palais de Louvre, Paris
Beauty Stripped Bare / LA Black & White, BGH Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

1991
American Art of the ’80’s, Palazzo delle Albere, Trento, Italy
Closet #9, Queens Museum of Art, Flushing, NY
Just What is it That Makes Todays Home So Different,So Appealing Hyde Collection, NY The 1980’s: A Selected View from the Permanent Collection, Whitney Museum, New York, NY

1990
The Last Decade: American Artists of the ’80’s, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, NY

1989
Don’t Bungle the Jungle, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, NsY
The Studio American Collection, Witkacy Theater , Zakopane, Poland

1988
Figure a Subject: Revival of Figuration Since 1975, Whitney Museum, New York, NY
The Weisman Collection, California State University, Fullerton, CA

1987
Comic Iconoclasm, Institute of Contemporary Art, London, UK

1986
An American Renaissance: Painting and Sculpture from 1940 to Present, Museum of Art, Ft.Lauderdale, FL
Homage to Nicolas A. Moufarrage, Gabrielle Bryers Gallery, New York, NY
Picture From the Inner Mind The Palladium,Solway Gallery, New York, NY
Cincinnati , Cohn Gallery, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

1985
Biennial,  Whitney Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY
Drawings, Leo Castelli, New York, NY
Eight Artists/Eight Years, SVA School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
East Village Artists, Holly Solomon Gallery, New York, NY
Investigations Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, PA 
Sights For Small Eyes, Heckscher Museum, Long Island, NY
Vernacular Abstraction, Wacoal Art Center, Tokyo, Japan
Art in Action, Sogetsu Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Out of the Ooo Cloud Edith C Blum Art Institute,Bard College Annandale on Hudson NY

1984
Via New York, Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art, Montreal, Canada
The Innovative Landscape, Holly Solomon Gallery, New York, NY
New Hand-Painted Dreams: Contemporary Surrealism, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, NY Arte di Frontiera, Galerie d’Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy
Aperto 84 Venice Bienale, Venice , Italy
The Human Condition, Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Contemporary Perspectives 1984, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA
New Idioms, Robert Fraser Gallery, London, UK
New Attitudes Paris/New York, Pittsburg Center for the Arts, Pittsburg, PA

1983
Champions, Tony Shafrazi Gallery NY, Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA Surrealist Show, Robert Miller Gallery, New York, NY
Morton G. Neuman Family Collection, Kalamazoo Institute of Art, Kalamazoo, Michigan
The Comic Art Show, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Back to the U.S.A, Kuntsmuseum Luzern,Luzern, Switzerland
Tendencias en Nueva York, Palacio de Cristal, Madrid, Spain
Clocktower Open Studio Show, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY
Bienalle de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
References Palais de Beaux-Arts, Charleroi, Belgium

1982
Installation Project Room, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY The Times Square Show Times Square , New York, NY
New Wave, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY
Drawing Show, Mudd Club, New York, NY
Beyond Words, Mudd Club , New York, NY

1981
Open Stdio Show P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY

Public Collections
The Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL
Brant Foundation, Greenwich, CONN
Emergentes Art Foundation, Lebanon 
The Dannheiser Foundation, New York, NY
The Broad Foundation, Los Angeles, CA
The Hall Foundation, Reading, VT
Groniger Museum, Groniger, Holland
Guggenheim Museum, New York,NY
The Jewish Museum, New York, NY
Lotte Museum, Seoul, Korea
Ludwig Museum, Cologne, Germany
Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL
Museo DArte Contemporaneo De Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico
Museu De Arte Moderna, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
New England Center for Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, CONN
Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasedena, CA
Paterson Museum, Paterson, NJ
Patrick Lannan Foundation, Los Angeles, CA
Pearl Arts Foundation, Portland Oregon 
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Sogetsu Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Holland
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY