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INSTALLATION VIEWS

Kenny Scharf, Amerikulture, Installation View at Eric Firestone Gallery, 2013

Kenny Scharf, Amerikulture, Installation View at Eric Firestone Gallery, 2013

Kenny Scharf, Amerikulture, Installation View at Eric Firestone Gallery, 2013

Kenny Scharf, Amerikulture, Installation View at Eric Firestone Gallery, 2013

Kenny Scharf, Amerikulture, Installation View at Eric Firestone Gallery, 2013

Kenny Scharf, Amerikulture, Installation View at Eric Firestone Gallery, 2013

Kenny Scharf, Amerikulture, Installation View at Eric Firestone Gallery, 2013

Kenny Scharf, Amerikulture, Installation View at Eric Firestone Gallery, 2013

Kenny Scharf, Amerikulture, Installation View at Eric Firestone Gallery, 2013

Kenny Scharf, Amerikulture, Installation View at Eric Firestone Gallery, 2013

Kenny Scharf, Amerikulture, Installation View at Eric Firestone Gallery, 2013

Kenny Scharf, Amerikulture, Installation View at Eric Firestone Gallery, 2013

Kenny Scharf, Amerikulture, Installation View at Eric Firestone Gallery, 2013

Kenny Scharf, Amerikulture, Installation View at Eric Firestone Gallery, 2013

Tseng Kwong Chi, Amerikulture, Installation View at Eric Firestone Gallery, 2013

Tseng Kwong Chi, Amerikulture, Installation View at Eric Firestone Gallery, 2013

Tseng Kwong Chi, Amerikulture, Installation View at Eric Firestone Gallery, 2013

Tseng Kwong Chi, Amerikulture, Installation View at Eric Firestone Gallery, 2013

Tseng Kwong Chi, Amerikulture, Installation View at Eric Firestone Gallery, 2013

Tseng Kwong Chi, Amerikulture, Installation View at Eric Firestone Gallery, 2013

Tseng Kwong Chi, Amerikulture, Installation View at Eric Firestone Gallery, 2013

Tseng Kwong Chi, Amerikulture, Installation View at Eric Firestone Gallery, 2013

Tseng Kwong Chi, Amerikulture, Installation View at Eric Firestone Gallery, 2013

Tseng Kwong Chi, Amerikulture, Installation View at Eric Firestone Gallery, 2013



PRESS RELEASE

Amerikulture, Kenny Scharf & Tseng Kwong Chi

July 26 – August 12, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, July 26th 6:00-9:00pm

East Hampton, NY: Eric Firestone Gallery in collaboration with Paul Kasmin Gallery is pleased to announce Amerikulture, a two-part exhibition illustrating the friendship and interconnected creativity of Kenny Scharf and Tseng Kwong Chi, on view at Eric Firestone Gallery at 4 Newtown Lane, East Hampton, New York, 26 July – 11 August, 2013. The exhibition will present recent paintings by Scharf alongside a selection of photographs by Tseng, curated by Scharf. Through painting and photography spanning 30 years, Amerikuluture presents two artists’ interpretation of Americana and its symbolic vocabulary. Whereas Scharf pairs classic symbols of American consumerism with an underlying subversive edge; Tseng thoughtfully composed and captured playful investigations into the identity of downtown New Yorkers during the 1980’s. Scharf and Tseng’s artistic development became entwined in the 1980’s as their friendship led to collaborations. Notably, Tseng photographed Scharf’s art and performances at the Cosmic Cavern A Go Go, Scharf’s studios in New York and in Brazil. Extending their collaboration to today, for Amerikulture Scharf curated a selection of photographs from Tseng’s studio portraits, party and social pictures of the downtown scene that exist almost in infamy. They are uncanny not simply for the personae that populate them but for their austere visionary manner of presentation- the elaborate, over-the-top antics and wild expression of the day rendered with a kind of austere formalism, as if the maximal energies of this unruly downtown gang could constitute a minimalist authority.


SELECTED WORKS

Kenny Scharf, Squirtz (Red), 2013, Enamel, Rhinestone And Fiberglass, 48.13h x 37.25w x 24.13d in

Kenny Scharf, Squirtz (Red), 2013, Enamel, Rhinestone And Fiberglass, 48.13h x 37.25w x 24.13d in

Tseng Kwong Chi, Royal Wedding, 1981, Color C-print On Dibond, 53h x 53w in

Tseng Kwong Chi, Royal Wedding, 1981, Color C-print On Dibond, 53h x 53w in

Kenny Scharf, Lava Barbera, 2013, Oil And Acrylic On Linen, 48h x 60w in

Kenny Scharf, Lava Barbera, 2013, Oil And Acrylic On Linen, 48h x 60w in

Tseng Kwong Chi, Tseng Kwong Chi and Kenny Scharf as

Tseng Kwong Chi, Tseng Kwong Chi and Kenny Scharf as "Guru Van," Club Tabu, NYC, Chromogenic Print, c. 1982, 38h x 30w in

Kenny Scharf at Palladium wearing Stephen Sprouse Bodysuit, Chromogenic Print, 50h x 50w in

Kenny Scharf at Palladium wearing Stephen Sprouse Bodysuit, Chromogenic Print, 50h x 50w in

Tseng Kwong Chi, Kwong Chi and Kenny, 1982, 40h x 28w in

Tseng Kwong Chi, Kwong Chi and Kenny, 1982, 40h x 28w in

Kenny Scharf, Black Rosie, 2013, Oil And Acrylic On Linen, 60h x 48w in

Kenny Scharf, Black Rosie, 2013, Oil And Acrylic On Linen, 60h x 48w in

Kenny Scharf, The All-New Hot Dog!, 2008, Oil, Acrylic, Enamel Spray Paint, And Silkscreen Ink On Linen, 48h x 60w x 2d in

Kenny Scharf, The All-New Hot Dog!, 2008, Oil, Acrylic, Enamel Spray Paint, And Silkscreen Ink On Linen, 48h x 60w x 2d in

Tseng Kwong Chi, East Meets West Manifesto, 1983, Digital chromogenic print, 30 x 30 in, ed. 9; 50 x 50 in, ed. 5; 71 x 71 in, ed. 3

Tseng Kwong Chi, East Meets West Manifesto, 1983, Digital chromogenic print, 30 x 30 in, ed. 9; 50 x 50 in, ed. 5; 71 x 71 in, ed. 3

Kenny Scharf, Chocolate Coconut in Space, 2011, Oil On Linen, 24h x 24w in

Kenny Scharf, Chocolate Coconut in Space, 2011, Oil On Linen, 24h x 24w in

Tseng Kwong Chi, Keith Haring and Tseng Kwong Chi, Club Tabu, NYC, 1982, 38h x 30w in

Tseng Kwong Chi, Keith Haring and Tseng Kwong Chi, Club Tabu, NYC, 1982, 38h x 30w in

Kenny Scharf, Obsidian Barbera Futura, 2013, Oil, acrylic, and glitter on canvas, 72h x 60.13w in

Kenny Scharf, Obsidian Barbera Futura, 2013, Oil, acrylic, and glitter on canvas, 72h x 60.13w in

Kenny Scharf, Pink Frosted Cruller in Outer Space, 2011, Oil on Linen, 24h x 24w in

Kenny Scharf, Pink Frosted Cruller in Outer Space, 2011, Oil on Linen, 24h x 24w in

Tseng Kwong Chi, John Sex, 1982, Color C-print On Dibond, 40h x 60w in

Tseng Kwong Chi, John Sex, 1982, Color C-print On Dibond, 40h x 60w in

Tseng Kwong Chi, Art After Midnight, 1982, Color C-print On Dibond, 50h x 50w in

Tseng Kwong Chi, Art After Midnight, 1982, Color C-print On Dibond, 50h x 50w in

Kenny Scharf, Balea Super Legal, 2011, Oil, Acrylic And Spray Paint On Linen, 52.75h x 75.75w in

Kenny Scharf, Balea Super Legal, 2011, Oil, Acrylic And Spray Paint On Linen, 52.75h x 75.75w in


PRESS

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PaperMag, Scenes from the 20th Annual Watermill Center Benefit and Kenny Scharf  and Tseng Kwong Chi’s Amerikulture Opening, July 31, 2013

The Wall Street Journal, Cars as Canvases; Walls as Artwork, Marshall Heyman on the Hamptons and the Art Scene, New York, July 30, 2013

Purple Diary, KENNY SCHARF & TSEN KWONG CHI “AMERIKULTURE” EXHIBITION OPENING at the Eric Firestone Gallery, New York, July 30, 2013 

T-Magazine, Hot Rods and Hot Nights at a Hamptons Party for Kenny Scharf, July 29, 2013

Guest of a Guest, Hamptons Parties, Amerikulture, July 29. 2013

Interview Magazine, The Kids in Amerikulture, July 29, 2013

GalleristNY, Amerikulture, New Works by Kenny Scharf and Tseng Kwong Chi, July 22, 2013

For Your Art, Kenny Scharf and Tseng Kwong Chi, Amerikulture, July 26, 2013