Van Chrome TV and Clock Radio
Van Chrome TV and Clock Radio
acrylic, rhinestones, shells, stones, fuses, tinsel, toy figure and magnet on television and antennae, clock radio, remote control, two plasters pillars, with electrical components
Television and antennae: 31 by 24¼ by 18½ in. (78.7 by 61.6 by 47 cm.)
Clock Radio: 6½ by 11½ by 5¼ in. (16.5 by 29.2 by 13.3 cm.)
Remote control: ¾ by 6½ by 2⅜ in. (1.9 by 16.5 by 6 cm.)
Pillar (i): 24 by 9 by 9 in. (60.1 by 22.9 by 22.9 cm.)
Pillar (ii): 24 by 11½ by 12 (60.1 by 29.2 by 30.5 cm.)
Executed in 1983.
This work is in good and sound condition overall. The electrical components for both the television and clock radio are in working order. There are tonal and textural variations to the surface, inherent to the artist's working method and chosen media. There is minor soiling and a light layer of surface dust present throughout, most notably at the crevices. There are a few scattered minor losses to the collage elements, visible upon close inspection. There is general wear with associated minor scratches, accretions and handling marks throughout the various parts and to some of the collage elements.
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Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York
Private Collection, St. Louis
St Louis, St. Louis Art Museum, Art of the 80s: Recent Acquisitions by St. Louis Collectors, November 1986 - January 1987
“Scharf developed a distinct and uniquely personal artistic style in paintings as well as sculpture, alongside his mentor Andy Warhol, and contemporaries like Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring with whom he pioneered contemporary street art. References to popular culture recur throughout his works, such as appropriated cartoon characters from the Flintstones and Jetsons, as well as imagined anthropomorphic creatures. Through ecstatic compositions and a dazzling color palette, Scharf presents an immersive viewing experience that is both intimate and fresh. Scharf’s multifaceted practice—spanning painting, sculpture, installation work, murals, performance and fashion—reflects his dedication to the creation of dynamic forms of art that deconstruct existing artistic hierarchies, echoing the philosophy of Pop artists. Yet Scharf’s artistic significance expands beyond the art historical terrain of Pop Art; the artist instead coined the term ‘Pop Surrealist’ to describe his one-of-a-kind practice. His inclusion in the 1985 Whitney Biennial marked the start of his international phenomenon, a reputation that continues to thrive today.”
“Almine Rech to open new gallery in Paris with Kenny Scharf solo show,” ArtDaily, January 2021.