Now on view at Lio Malca’s Ibiza-based Foundation La Nave Salinas is a large-scale exhibition of works by Kenny Scharf. Entitled “Universalis,” the presentation will be the artist’s first solo show in Spain in over 20 years.
Scharf, known as a genius of pop culture, and the founder of pop surrealism, has created 140 tondos in his mischievous, cartoonish style, depicting a myriad of faces and emotions, ranging in color and size (as well as number of eyeballs). Composed using spray paint on canvas, the colorful tondos have been displayed within the gallery salon style, against an all-black backdrop. Complementing the new works is a 20-meter-long mural of snake-like creatures, painted by the artist on site.
Occupying a historic seaside salt warehouse, La Nave Salinas was opened by the American art collector, Malca, as a means of bringing influential contemporary art to the Spanish island. Open for viewing through September 30, “Universalis” is the fifth annual presentation at the foundation, since its opening in 2015.