Kenny Scharf’s Smiley Bowery Mural Almost Finished

11/29/2010 8:56 AM |

Kenny Scharf Bowery mural

Yesterday evening as I biked past the intersection of Bowery and Houston, a small crowd was assembled around the glowing, neon-toned new Kenny Scharf mural nearing completion where Barry McGee’s tag history of NYC was covered in a giant SACE (Dash Snow’s tag) last weekapparently at McGee’s invitation.

Kenny Scharf Bowery mural

Scharf’s current collaborative exhibition with Virginia Beach collective Dearraindrop at The Hole, the Soho gallery that curates the Bowery mural space, also features many of the Brooklyn-based painter’s distinctive smiley-faced mask-like characters. Judging by the progress he’s made—that’s Scharf in the top image, on the lift, filling in a figure’s turquoise iris—since Wednesday and Friday, seems likely this one will be finished today or tomorrow, certainly before his show closes on Saturday.

Kenny Scharf Bowery mural