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London / Kenny Scharf (Los Angeles, 1958) has made huge and colorful street murals in California, Salvador de Bahia (Brazil), Copenhagen, Paris or on the Spanish coast, in Malaga.

Now, the pop surrealism of Kenny Scharf, the artist who became known along with Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring in the 80s, arrives at the London Opera House with eleven new works, in his first exhibition in the city in ten years.

Entitled “Blobz”, brings together paintings full of the habitual concerns of who, with hard lines, breaks the barriers of art and revolutionizes the expectations of the spectator.

“We are very proud because it finally presents (in London) a new collection made of pieces never seen before,” the gallery’s deputy director, Federica Beretta, told Efe about a sample composed of eleven paintings and a sculpture.

Scharf shared the vibrant art scene of the New York of the 80s with Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, with whom he sought to break with the most institutional art, that of museums, and offer the creations at public with a more accessible content.

The works exhibited in the Opera Gallery show surrealist contexts of characters with human expression in neutral and dark spaces of science fiction, all in a palette of saturated colors and high contrasts.

“His work is inspired by graffiti and street art, and very often is also inspired by animation,” said Beretta, for whom Scharf’s pieces do not require explanatory posters to be appreciated.

The artist is one of the few survivors of the anti-cultural movement of the 1980s and has his paintings in some of the most prestigious collections in the world such as the Guggenheim or MoMA, in New York.

In addition to having exhibited in museums such as the Whitney in New York, the Contemporary Art of Monterrey (Mexico), the Ludwig of Cologne (Germany), the Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro or the Stedelijk of Amsterdam.

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La noticia habla de...  
de una exposición en la capital de Reino Unido.
de toda la obra de un artista callejero.
de la venta de unas obras de un artista callejero.
Question 2
En el texto se dice que...    
en esta exposición se exponen obras que no se han visto hasta ahora.
en esta exposición se exponen solo las mejores obras de Scharf.
mucha gente ya ha visto todas las obras de esta exposición.
Question 3
Se dice que Scharf es un artista 'callejero'...  
porque ha realizado obras en las calles de las ciudades.
porque le gusta caminar por las calles antes de pintar.
porque le gusta pintar las calles de las grandes ciudades en sus cuadros.
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En el texto se dice que...    
Scharf fue el único artista callejero importante de los años ochenta.
Scharf ya era conocido en los años ochenta al igual que con otros artistas callejeros.
Scharf fue el primer artista callejero de Estados Unidos.
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