Baik Art Gallery


ANXIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC | Kenny Scharf | October 23 – November 22, 2019 | press release | catalogue


Baik Art is pleased to present Anxiously Optimistic, the gallery’s first solo show for Los Angeles -based artist, Kenny Scharf.

As a young artist living in New York during the 1980s, Scharf and other artists of his generation, such as Keith Haring and Jean Michel Basquiat, were drawn to working beyond the contexts of the traditional gallery space. Whether it be public murals, consumer goods, or renditions of popular animated characters, Scharf has always sought to keep his work relatable and accessible to anyone hoping to experience it. Like Warhol before him, Scharf became known for merging high and lowbrow aesthetics and has since established a tradition of incorporating pop-culture signifiers into his paintings.





Kenny Scharf (American, b.1958) who lives and works in Los Angeles, is a painter and installation artist associated with the Lowbrow movement, and best known for work inspired by comic books and pop culture. Born in Los Angeles, CA, he studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and became part of the East Village art scene during the 1980s. His early work, such as Judy on the Beach (1962) and The Flinstones (1962), was strongly influenced by Hanna Barbera cartoons, but he gradually began to transition to biomorphic imagery. In 1985, the Whitney Biennial featured Scharf’s black light installations, such as his Closet #7, and the painting When Worlds Collide (1984). At the end of the 1980s, he began a series of Glob paintings, which were inspired by Abstract Expressionism and Surrealism. Scharf’s most recent series of paintings, titled Naturafutura (2010), depicts abstract swirls of black paint, inspired by his studio in coastal Brazil and the BP oil spill. He has held solo exhibitions at the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey in Mexico, MoMA PS1 in New York, and the Pasadena Museum of Contemporary Art.
Bio/CV | Available Works


2019, “Exhibition of 50 new works containing environmental problems,” Newsis

2019, “Kenny Scharf Tackles Environmental Issues In ‘Optimistically Melting!’ Exhibition,” Hypebeast Art

2019, “Kenny Scharf Is Pissed and This Pile of Plastic Toys Is Proof,” Los Angeles Magazine

2019, “What do Mickey Mouse, artist Kenny Scharf and trash have in common?,” Made Out Of What

2018, “Beyond the Streets’ art exhibition extends its L.A. run,” Los Angeles Times

2018, “We Visit Kenny Scharf’s Awe-Inspiring New Studio as He Readies for the Spotlight,” Galerie Magazine

2017, “Review: It’s the Kenny Scharf show: Junked TVs as a painter’s canvas,” Los Angeles Times



ART BUSAN FAIR | Kenny Scharf, Jonathan Cassella, and Park Cho Ho | May 31 - June 2, 2019


ART BUSAN FAIR | Kenny Scharf, Jonathan Cassella, and Park Cho Ho | May 31 – June 2, 2019

FIVE | June 22 - August 10, 2019 | press release | catalogue


FIVE | June 22 – August 10, 2019 | press release | catalogue