Now on View: Kenny Scharf’s Squirtz
American artist Kenny Scharf now joins Erwin Wurm and KAWS as the new third member of the alumni of sculptors that have shown work at The Standard New York’s High Line Plaza. Scharf, mostly known for his vibrant painted works in the mid 1980’s – he created several album covers for the B-52’s – and a collaborative friendship with Keith Haring, presents his new piece at the Standard alongside a new book, Kolors, and an upcoming exhibition of the same name at Paul Kasmin Gallery .
Squirtz is an eight-foot-tall royal blue sculpture that invites the visitors to wax nostalgic in the retro-boldness of Scharf’s iconic work over the last 30 years. Scharf told the Standard his new sculpture was a means to engage the public, and that the space was a way to “reach every kind of person, not only the one that is interested in art, or that is already going to see art. It is somebody who might not know anything, or think that they don’t have any ideas about art and then they are confronted with something and it might alter their view, or brighten their day. It’s a way of relating and getting out into the real world.”
Squirtz is on view at the Standard until April 1st.