香港奧佩拉畫廊呈獻群展《Basquiat, Haring, Scharf》，慶祝三位美國藝術家——Jean-Michel Basquiat、Keith Haring和Kenny Scharf之間的創作及友誼。展覽於2022年4月1日（五）開幕，展出約40件藝術品以探討三位藝術家在1970年代末至1980年代初在紐約東村之間的藝術對話。
Opera Gallery Hong Kong is pleased to announce a large-scale group exhibition Basquiat, Haring, Scharf, celebrating the work and friendship of three American icons; Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf. Opening on Friday 1st April 2022, the exhibition comprises around 40 artworks that explore the vernacular and radical artistic dialogue pulsating between these three artists in New York’s East Village during the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Why it matters:
Jean-Michel Basquiat、Keith Haring和Kenny Scharf三人猶如「三劍俠」，同樣陶醉於街頭文化，探索相同議題，並共同相信藝術應該與眾同賞。Scharf形容自己與Basquiat和 Haring之間為一種友好競爭的關係，這種競爭同時激發並鼓
Scharf has described the relationship between himself, Basquiat and Haring as one anchored in a friendly rivalry that inspired and encouraged their individual and distinctive creative processes. Often referring to themselves as ‘the three musketeers’, they revelled in the same street culture, often explored the same topics, and shared a belief that art was meant to be universal and accessible by the youth.
．Jean-Michel Basquiat是一位自學成才的藝術家，他的創作生涯始於1970年代後期，與Al Diaz組成名為「SAMO」的塗鴉二人組；其後在1980年成為他人生的轉折點，與Haring和Scharf首次參與群展。Basquiat的風格糅合街頭藝術和新表現主義，並以數字、象形圖、人體圖以及商業圖像結合成强烈的視覺組合，探討如貧富差距、一體化與種族隔離等議題。他的作品時至今日依然繼續挑戰觀念、激發討論，從而引導觀眾能夠批判性地思考社會議題。
．作爲Haring在紐約視覺藝術學校（School of Visual Arts，簡稱SVA）的同期兼好友，Kenny Scharf自喻為「流行超現實主義者」；他的創作媒介涵蓋繪畫、雕塑、時尚、影像、表演藝術和街頭藝術。Scharf的幻想世界啟發自漫畫和流行文化； 他的創作原則是打破藝術界中級別障礙，利用作品連接流行文化。
．Jean-Michel Basquiat, a self-taught artist, started his career as an informal graffiti duo with Al Diaz named SAMO during the late 1970s. He first exhibited in a group show, along with Haring and Scharf, in 1980 that marked a turning point for him. Basquiat’s street art and Neo-Expressionist style are characterised by visually striking combinations of numerals, pictograms, anatomy drawings and commercial graphics, addressing topics such as wealth versus poverty and integration versus segregation. His powerful drawings and paintings continue to challenge perceptions, provoke dialogues and empower the audience to think critically about society.
．Best known for his mural works, iconic motifs and pop graffiti technique, Keith Haring‘s creations responded to the contemporary social events of his times. Inspired by traditional street art and a philosophy of “The public has the right to art. Art is for everyone”, Haring initially made his drawings on empty advertising spaces in New York’s subway stations. He developed a signature pictorial vocabulary, combining bright and contrasting colours that grabbed the viewers’ attention, and which were accessible by anyone, regardless of age, language, and background.
．A school mate and friend of Haring’s during their time at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York, Kenny Scharf describes himself as a “pop surrealist”; his practice spans painting, sculpture, fashion, video, performance art, and street art. Scharf’s hallucinatory worlds are inspired by comic books and pop culture; his principle is to reach out beyond the elitist borders of fine art and connect to popular culture through his works.
Background – East Village:
The East Village scene, active in downtown New York in the early 1980s, comprised a group of incredibly diverse young artists. Encompassing music, poetry, writing, and the visual arts, the period saw the rise of Punk, No Wave, graffiti art, and Neo-Expressionist painting. It also witnessed an explosion of galleries in the neighborhood, often run by the artists themselves, as well as alternative spaces and collectives. Social life and artistic life blurred, with artists making work directly on the street and clubs providing an important new type of venue for introducing novel forms of expression. The free-for-all of the East Village scene introduced a pantheon of big names, like Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Jenny Holzer, Jeff Koons, and David Wojnarowicz, in addition to the musicians Patti Smith, Blondie, Madonna, Sonic Youth, and the Strokes. While no single style united these artists, their work often embraced figuration, a notable development following the dominance of abstract art in prior decades.
（Source: Wikipedia, Artsy）
畫廊屆時將會集合三位藝術家作品，以沉浸式體驗讓觀眾在橫跨三層樓的畫廊空間内欣賞到Jean-Michel Basquiat、Keith Haring和Kenny Scharf的作品。
Passing through an immersive installation of three artists’ works that will take over the gallery, visitors will be able to see major works by Basquiat, Haring and Scharf curated across all three floors of the gallery.
Basquiat, Haring, Scharf
2022.4.1 – 4.30
Opera Gallery Hong Kong
G08-09, The Galleria, 9 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong
Courtesy to Opera Gallery and the artists