Kenny Scharf: When Worlds Collide

2020, Documentary, 1h 17m

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Kenny Scharf: When Worlds Collide was made over 11 years and features interviews and rare archival footage with Kenny Scharf, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Ed Ruscha, Dennis Hopper, Yoko Ono, Kaws, Marilyn Minter, and Jeffrey Deitch. The documentary shows Scharf's New York City arrival in the early 1980s where he quickly befriended Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. This trio, amongst the fervent creative bustle of a depressed downtown scene, would soon take the art world by storm. While Basquiat and Haring both died tragically young, Scharf lived through cataclysmic shifts in New York City and the art world. Despite setbacks along the way, Scharf continues to follow his particular high-tone, technicolor artistic vision while growing public and critical appreciation for his earlier work has cemented his place as a pop art icon.

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Critic Reviews for Kenny Scharf: When Worlds Collide

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (2)

  • Made with spirit and affection, the film frames Scharf's prodigious output and energy... as a triumph of having nourished an artistic soul rather than carefully modulating an artistic career.

    July 15, 2021 | Full Review…
  • Makes a considered and not entirely uncritical case for Scharf's relevance.

    June 24, 2021 | Full Review…
  • This colorful documentary portrait of an artist is ultimately a touching portrait of a father - and a story of growing up.

    July 29, 2021 | Rating: 78/100 | Full Review…
  • Scharf kept working and following his own path. He's still at it and still committed to the notion that to be meaningful art needn't be stripped of either playfulness or (heaven forbid) fun.

    June 29, 2021 | Full Review…
  • One hopes this documentary, directed by his daughter Maria with Max Basch, will trigger renewed appreciation for the complexity and remarkable technique that people failed to appreciate in his imagery the first time around.

    June 28, 2021 | Full Review…
  • Entirely too stodgy to "get at" the essence of the artist or mimic his psyche and aesthetic. Still, it's great to see Scharf still at it, fun to take in the works and fascinating to get a new take on Manhattan art scene history

    June 26, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Made with spirit and affection, the film frames Scharf's prodigious output and energy... as a triumph of having nourished an artistic soul rather than carefully modulating an artistic career.

    July 15, 2021 | Full Review…
  • Makes a considered and not entirely uncritical case for Scharf's relevance.

    June 24, 2021 | Full Review…
  • This colorful documentary portrait of an artist is ultimately a touching portrait of a father - and a story of growing up.

    July 29, 2021 | Rating: 78/100 | Full Review…
  • Scharf kept working and following his own path. He's still at it and still committed to the notion that to be meaningful art needn't be stripped of either playfulness or (heaven forbid) fun.

    June 29, 2021 | Full Review…
  • One hopes this documentary, directed by his daughter Maria with Max Basch, will trigger renewed appreciation for the complexity and remarkable technique that people failed to appreciate in his imagery the first time around.

    June 28, 2021 | Full Review…
  • Entirely too stodgy to "get at" the essence of the artist or mimic his psyche and aesthetic. Still, it's great to see Scharf still at it, fun to take in the works and fascinating to get a new take on Manhattan art scene history

    June 26, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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