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Kenny Scharf: In Absence of Myth

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320 pages
Edited by G. James Daichendt
25.4 x 17.8 cm
Language: English
Publisher: Cameron + Brown

Kenny Scharf’s life story is the equivalent of riding a roller coaster. Raised in Southern California, this king of cool eventually packed his bags for New York City, where he became an integral part of an underground East Village art scene that changed the world. His graffiti inspired paintings, wild performances, and sculptures earned him an international reputation for making art accessible. This meteoric rise involved parties, drugs, sex, and of course, rock ’n’ roll.

Yet there were many unexpected twists and turns, from marriage and family to tragedy and depression. With the shifting trends in the art world, Kenny fell from grace and was overshadowed by his deceased and mythologized fellow artists Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. After moving to Florida to raise a family and eventually returning to California and New York, Kenny Scharf’s sporadic, adventurous, and chaotic lifestyle is unimaginable, humbling, yet ultimately redeeming.

Patched together like one of his customized art pieces, this official biography provides a front seat to the glamour, the gossip, and the story behind the artist considered to be the grandfather of street art, whose tenacity and spirit have brought him back to his rightful place in the limelight.