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Kenny Scharf’s Pop Renaissance at Honor Fraser


“The Art Nerd LA Week of Kenny” continues with photos from his current exhibition up at the Honor Fraser Gallery in Culver City.  It’s an epic show with massive works that evoke a ‘Scharf-ian’ version of James Rosenquist’s F-111 (at MoMA). You only have a little under 2 weeks to see before it comes down on August 24th so go soon! Gallery Hours are 10a-6p Tues – Sat.

James Rosenquist 86-foot-long F-111 from 1964 via MoMA

The Honor Fraser show is titled Pop Renaissance and an installation of a selection of work from Kenny Scharf’s participation in the Pulcherrimae Strade initiative in 2001. For the project, created to showcase contemporary art in historical spaces, Scharf covered the ceiling of the Palazzo Communale in Pordenone, Italy with four 33 foot canvases stretched between the beams of the coffered ceiling. The images in the work were inspired by the iconography of Giovanni da Pordenone’s altarpieces and function as a reinterpretation of classic Renaissance paintings such as Bellini’s The Seven Deadly Sins.” – per the gallery’s press release.




Its a visual explosion and remember… “Kenny can’t help himself..” so as I walked up to these massive paintings I found a myriad of wonderful surprises, ‘Scharf-ian’ details + random space vomit (dentures included).  Maybe even an old pic of Kenny or his dad below?





Is this Kenny or Kenny’s dad?

In addition to Pop Renaissance there a another gallery space up from with more recent works.  Scharf’s classic Flintstones and Jetsons motifs in black on black on multi-color…crazy fun stuff.




For hardcore Art Nerd that love art books (me!) the gallery has a bunch out…I was enthralled looking at his 2009 Rizzoli Book.

picture of young mudd club kenny from his new rizzoli book

picture of young mudd club kenny from his rizzoli book…jean-michel and kenny in the B&W pic!


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