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.
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