When I saw Kenny Scharf painting this mural a couple of weeks ago, he was asking whether he should climb up the precarious ladder and paint one more character on top of the painting. Saying he didn’t like repeating character colors I suggested a shiny black face looking askance at the rest cavorting below. I think he took my suggestion to heart.
The other day the Houston and Bowery Kenny Scharf mural was tagged with giant bubble letters. This morning I saw an image on EV Grieve showing it restored. From the photo I was thinking that someone was able to remove the tag with some magic solvent. But seeing it up close, it looks like Scharf came back last night and painted over the tag. I’m guessing that it must have been him from the style and imagination of the restoration. It is very much in the quick and dirty style of his old illegal painting of the 80′s. I am amazed, amused and happy. Update: Animal New York reports that ‘Kenny Scharf, who’s currently in LA, tells ANIMAL that an anonymous friend went over the tags with squiggly echoes of the colorful wall underneath.’
Update – Saturday: I’m editing video and composing music to replace the deafening roar of the lift engine. I should have something up by tomorrow.
Os Gemeos had a large crew of helpers, but Kenny Scharf seems to be doing it all himself. He said he had someone keeping him company, but driving the lift and the painting is all up to him. I’m loving the spray strokes, delicately delineating the shapes and shades. You need to see the mural in person, it is luminous. I asked him how long it took him to get up on that same wall in 1985. But I couldn’t get an answer.