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Fine Art on 12.28.008 - Four Contemporary Surrealist Paintings

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Kenny Scharf, Ultrazoomazipamapopdelux, Right Detail (1998)

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Kenny Scharf was born in Los Angeles in 1958, and was living and working there in 2003.

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"What the Surrealist painters in Europe, in particular Dali, Tanguy and Ernst introduced to modern culture, Kenny has taken to a new level by infusing it with the genius and animated comedy of Hanna Barbera (The Jetsons and The Flintstones) and Walt Disney (Fantasia)."-

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Kenny Scharf, Slither (2000)

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"His paintings, sculptures and black light closets, dating back to 1978, represent an exotic Gauguinesque way of seeing and experiencing the world, with the added awareness of 50's science fiction films, 60's a-go-go comedies and musicals, and 70's cult movies. Through an awareness of the electric culture, Kenny Scharf cherishes and celebrates the wonder of nature."

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Joseph Cornell, Jackie Lane (1967)

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Joseph Cornell was born on December 24, 1903, in Nyack, New York.   He died on December 29, 1972, in Flushing, New York.

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"Artists who work with found materials are frequently described as making something out of nothing. This characterization is based on the estimation that the salvaged materials are ordinary, their value transitory or forgotten, and their existance ephemeral until the artist has intervened and provided them with a new reality or reason for being."

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Joseph Cornell, Where the Sun Goes Down at Night (1963)

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"Cornell's interest in the ordinary and fleeting was so elevated that he named it the 'métaphysique d'éphemera,' suggesting that literal things can create an elaborate and subtle form of magic."

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(The quotations about Kenny Scharf are by Tony Shafrazi.  The quotations about Joseph Cornell are from Lynda Roscoe Hartigan, Joseph Cornell: Shadowplay... Eterniday, p. 23.  All the images may be found at artnet's Artist Works Catalogues.   The images are presented courtesy of: Joseph Cornell; L&M Arts and The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation; and artnet and its Artist Works Catalogues.)

 

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