The opening of Kenny Scharf’s new exhibition on Thursday was so packed, it was difficult to see the art. But that was ok, as it was an amazing crowd to check out and Kenny himself was there, and much like an art rock star, he was mobbed by his fans, so excited to see his work.
As one of the first artists to incorporate elements of street culture into the main stream of contemporary art, Scharf is a New York legend who continues to pioneer projects like his Cosmic Cavern—a famous all-night DayGlo disco party held in the basement of a Brooklyn warehouse from 2009-2010. His work features imagery from advertisements, cartoons and classic Americana. He creates larger than life sculptures and paintings, always with an underlying subversive edge.
If you don’t have the money (or space) for one of Scharf’s huge sculptures, you can buy a pair of his limited edition high top sneakers from the gallery. Featuring an iconic, hand-drawn Scharf character, they’re made in collaboration with accessories designer Alejandro Ingelmo.Kenny Scharf. Kolors. Paula Kasmin Gallery. 515 West 27th Street. New York. 10001