March 15, 2013

Kenny Scharf "Squirtz" at The Standard


Kenny Scharf Squirtz

15 March – 1 April, 2013
The Standard, High Line, New York

Paul Kasmin Gallery is pleased to announce Squirtz, on view at The Plaza at The Standard, High Line 15 March - 1 April, 2013. Following its debut at The Plaza at The Standard High Line, Squirtz will continue to be on view 4 April - 4 May, 2013 in Kenny Scharf Kolors at Paul Kasmin Gallery, 515 West 27th Street.

Titled Squirtz, the work is an 8-foot tall, sculpture that is 6-feet deep from nose-to-nose. Utilizing Scharf’s repertoire of symbolic imagery over the last thirty years, one face of Squirtz is awestruck, in shock, and the other wears a slapstick grin—a portrayal of the ancient Greek theatrical trope of tragedy and comedy. Painted with glossy enamel, similar to car paint, Squirtz brings to light Scharf’s endeavor to overcome the barriers of elitist art by using the materials of commercial manufacture.

This spring, in addition to Scharf’s public art installation, Standard Press, Damiani, and Paul Kasmin Gallery will release Kolors, a catalogue for the synonymous exhibition. A collective imprint of Scharf’s new work for the exhibition, Kolors documents the artist’s process, providing a close look at his studio and practice. The hardcover book also features imagery of Scharf’s public murals from around the world, with recollections from renowned artists and curators, including foreword by Jeffrey Deitch.
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