Kenny Scharf (born November 23, 1958) is an American painter who lives in Los Angeles, California. Known for his participation in New York City's interdisciplinary East Village art scene during the 1980s, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, Scharf's do-it-yourself practice spanned painting, sculpture, fashion, video, performance art, and street art. Growing up in post-World War II Southern California, Scharf was fascinated by television and the futuristic promise of modern design. His works often includes pop culture icons, such as the Flintstones and the Jetsons, or caricatures of middle-class Americans in an apocalyptic science fiction setting.
Perfecta Moodsky, 1986
incised with the artist's signature, numbered and dated 'Kenny Scharf 86 2/6' (lower edge)
Oil on bronze, in two parts
23 x 19 1/2 x 12 in
58.4 x 49.5 x 30.5 cm
Executed in 1986. This work is number two from an edition of six.
Acrylic, tinsel and plastic toys on lamp
37 x 13 x 13 in
94 x 33 x 33 cm
Green Worm USA.
Signed, tittled and dated "Green Worm USA 2006 K. Scharf 2006" on the reverse Acrylic, rhinestones and silkscreen on paper
30 x 22 1/2 in. (76.2 x 57.2cm)
Executed in 2006
Zipzamball, 2000 Bronze
33 x 21 x 8 inches 3 of 4
Object to Enjoy, 2007
Signed and dated to underside 'Kenny Scharf 07'. This unique work is from the limited edition
of 25 hand-painted bongs published by Cerealart, Philadelphia.
14. h Å~ 8 w Å~ 5 d in
Signed on the reverse
Oil on canvas
55.12 x 62.99 in
(140 x 159.99cm)
Haring’s deceptively simple imagery and text provided poignant and cutting cultural commentary on issues including AIDS, drug addiction, illicit love, and apartheid. As both an artist and an activist he established that depicting serious issues could be fun or at least lively when communicated through highly cartoony images and fresh and vivid choices of colors.
Keith Haring moved to New York City in 1978 and began using the city as his canvas, making chalk drawings in subway stations. His art was eventually seen everywhere from public murals and nightclubs to galleries and museums around the world. He was also known for his activism in promoting AIDS awareness. He died of AIDS-related complications on February 16, 1990, at age 31.
accompanied b!d certificate of authenticit!d its issued b!d the
Authentication Committee of the Estate of Keith Haring and number
Enamel Spray Paint, Latex in Plywood
96 x 48 inches
Busted Head, 1984
Signed and dated 'K. Haring Nov. 21 1984' (on the reverse)
Sumi ink on paper
22 7/8 x 28 .in / 58 x 73cm
Executed in 1987-1988
57 ½ x 51 x 50 ⅛ in. (146.1 x 129.5 x 127.3 cm.)
This work is from an edition of three and is registered with The Estate of Keith Haring under identification number 062195A12.
KAWS’s career began as a graffiti artist in New York, NY, in the early 1990s. His images were seen on billboards, bus stops, and in phone booths. He obtained his BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Immediately after graduation in 1996, KAWS began working as a freelance artist for Disney, creating animated backgrounds. Some of his most popular works include his contributions to 101 Dalmations, Daria, and Doug. Once KAWS began to gain popularity, his graffiti advertisements became highly sought after. He traveled extensively to work in Paris, London, Germany, and Japan. In 1998, he received the Pernod Liquid Art Award, which offers a grant to new artists.
Acrylic on canvas
Acrylic on canvas
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Known for his brightly colored and maniacally cheerful works, Takashi Murakami's astronomical rise to fame in the contemporary art world has been met with equal parts celebration and criticism. Murakami merges Japanese pop culture referents with the country's rich artistic legacy, effectively obliterating any distinction between commodity and high art. He is compared to Andy Warhol for his art-as-business approach, as well as for his large factories of workers who produce, market, and sell his art. His critics have derided him as a sell-out, and as playing into the art market's increasing demands for easily consumable and exotic art from Japan. But for Murakami, this is a compliment and precisely what he intends. His work draws inspiration from the Japanese subculture of otaku, which is replete with strange perversions of cuteness and innocence, as well as incredible violence. Through this, Murakami crafts a subtle critique of Japan's contemporary culture as well as the West's intruding influence upon it.
Jellyfish Eyes (Black I), 2004
Signed and dated TAKASHI 04 on the reverse
Acrylic on canvas and panel support
47 3/8 x 47 3/8
Painter, sculptor, filmmaker, and performer Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, b.1929) is a famously provocative avant-garde artist, best known for her works featuring repeating motifs and psychedelic imagery that evoke themes of psychology, feminism, obsession, sex, creation, destruction, and intense self-reflection. Kusama was born in Matsumoto City and began painting at the age of 10, as a means of escaping a childhood of neglect and expressing her early experiences with hallucinogenic visions. These apparitions consisted of dots and patterns enveloping her surroundings, suggesting issues of mental illness which have continued to strongly influence her work. Inspired by a letter she received from Georgia O’Keefe, Kusama moved to New York City in 1957 to pursue a career as an artist. Over the next decade she garnered a reputation as a controversial member of the New York avant-garde, first obsessively working on her series of Infinity Nets, paintings and sculptures featuring meticulous, seemingly endless repetitive motifs.
Nets 23, 1997
Acrylic on Canvas
18 X 20 . in (45.7 x 52.7cm)
Signed, titled, and dated Yayoi Kusama
(on the reverse)
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1931, Tom Wesselmann attended Hiram College before entering the University of Cincinnati in 1951. Interrupted by the draft, he spent his service years stateside where he began drawing cartoons and upon returning he decided to pursue a career in cartooning and double enrolled at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Upon graduating from both institutions, he moved to New York where he was accepted in the Cooper Union and his focus shifted to fine art. Drawn to the work of Motherwell and de Kooning, Wesselmann rejected abstract expression in favor of classical representations of the nude, still life and landscape, becoming one of the leading American Pop artists of 1960's. He created collages and assemblages incorporating everyday objects and advertising in order to make powerful images. It was during this time that his most well-known series Great American Nude was created, in which he had a dream about the colors red, white and blue, or, more specifically, the phrase "red, white and blue." When he awoke he decided to do a Great American Nude; limiting his palette to those colors and any related patriotic colors. Wesselmann never liked his inclusion in American Pop Art, pointing out how he made an aesthetic use of everyday objects and not a reference to them as consumer objects: "I dislike labels in general and 'Pop' in particular, especially because it overemphasizes the material used. There does seem to be a tendency to use similar materials and images, but the different ways they are used denies any kind of group intention." In the 1970's Wesselmann continued to work with canvas and began exploring metal with the development of laser-cutting application. The 1990's and 2000's the artist expanded on his early themes of bold compositions and abstract imagery. Dying of heart disease in 2004, Wesselmann is regarded as one of the leading figures in the vanguard of American Pop Art.
Wildflower Bouquet (One-Handled Vase), 1988
signed twice, marking(s)
Oil on laser-cut steel
61 x 86 in
Spanish artist Javier Calleja’s work is a subtle form of self-portraiture driven by emotion rather than reason. He explains that when starting out in the 1990s he felt as though Contemporary Art was overly intellectual. Calleja rejected the expectation to theorize his work. Instead, he wanted to create art that touched people without the need for an explanation.
From this sentiment came Calleja’s trademark characters who he considers small versions of himself — his “children.” Innocence, mischief, curiosity and fear all burst from their dewy eyes, revealing that familiar moment when a child’s emotions overflow and become impossible to contain.
No Cartoons Tonight, 2016
Signed and Dated "Javier Calleja 2016" on
Acrylic, oil and graphite on
48 x 36 in (121.9 x 91.4cm)
Jim Dine, byname of James Dine, (born June 16, 1935, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.), American painter, graphic artist, sculptor, and poet who emerged during the Pop art period as an innovative creator of works that combine the painted canvas with ordinary objects of daily life. His persistent themes included those of personal identity, memory, and the body.
La Monarque, 2008
Signed and dated 'La Monarque, 2008' on reverse
60 x 60in
152.4 x 152.4cm