Kenny Scharf “Squirtz” in the Plaza at the Standard Hotel

Brooklyn based artist Kenny Scharf has fabricated one of his amorphous painted classic characters and put it on display at The Plaza of the Standard High Line Hotel in Manhattan’s Meat Packing District. A hot number from the 80s downtown scene, Mr. Scharf has continued to add dimension to his work over time, sometimes taking over labyrinthine inner spaces or expansive wall installations. Now, clearly, his characters are more 3D than ever. The bubblish proportions and high gloss polish of this cartoon head, “Squirtz”, may remind you of Jeff Koon’s balloon dogs from last decade or the giant “Companion” by street artist/ toy designer Kaws on this same spot in 2011. Since it is still March and we’re expecting snow again today, we also think of the warmer Knitta Please! installation here in 2009.

Kenny Sharf “Squirtz” 2013 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Kenny Sharf “Squirtz” 2013 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Kenny Sharf “Squirtz” 2013 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Kenny Scharf “Squirtz” 2013 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Kenny Sharf “Squirtz” 2013 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Kenny Sharf’s upcoming exhibition “KOLORS” will open to the public at the Paul Kasmin Gallery in NYC on April 4, 2013. Click here for more details.

 

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