Alumni Kenny Scharf and Keith Haring in Art in the Streets

July 15, 2011

The New York Times, Forbes and ARTINFO are just a few of the publications that have taken notice of SVA alumni Kenny Scharf (BFA 1981 Fine Arts) and Keith Haring (1979 Fine Arts) as featured artists in “Art in the Streets.” On view at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles through August 8, 2011, “Art in the Streets” is the first major U.S. museum exhibition on the history of graffiti and street art. It was supposed to come to New York next year, but plans for the show to travel to the Brooklyn Museum in the spring of 2012 were canceled recently for financial reasons.

The Briefs spoke with Scharf shortly after the Brooklyn Museum announced their cancellation. “I’m really happy to be a part of MOCA’s ‘Art in the Streets,’” said Scharf. “I have come across a lot of fear where street art/graffiti is concerned and I want to shake the fearsome and say ‘It’s only paint!’ It’s just a painting, it’s not a gun! I wish people could see that paintings full of color and expression enhance the boring gray cityscapes that people are so worried about defending. It gives joy and humanity to the ever increasing corporate atmosphere surrounding us.” Regarding Brooklyn Museum’s cancellation, Scharf said,  “I think it is a mistake on their part as the show is bringing record attendance in LA. What museum doesn’t want that?”

While new plans for “Arts in the Streets” to travel have not been announced, MOCA has posted extensive behind-the-scene photos and installation shots on The Curve, the museum’s blog.

An after-hours look at “Art in the Streets” created by artist Craig R. Stecyk III, who teamed up with directors Felipe Lima and Andy Bruntel, can be seen below:

Image: (top) Kenny Scharf painting at “Art in the Street.” Photo by Gregory Bojorquez. (middle) Installation view of Kenny Sharf mural. Photo by Alissa Walker.

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