We’ve updated our STAGES mini-site with an interview with not only Kenny Scharf (THE NEW ORDER Issue 3), but KAWS (THE NEW ORDER Issue 2) too. The Stages team turned up to Kenny Scharf’s studio to find KAWS was paying a visit too, a meeting of two era’s of Pop Art leaders. Both Artists have been involved with STAGES since its inception, showing huge support in raising awareness and funds for The Lance Armstrong Foundation.
When we consider the link between Cancer and Art, and the underlying thought process of how STAGES can touch so many, it’s based strongly around the premise that Cancer can affect anyone, so too can Art, anyone from any place, any background, any race can be affected and touched by either. Pop Art is the one genre of Art that given its purposeful relevance to Popular Culture can reach people easier than almost any other genre of art. It’s fitting that these two amazing artists are apart of STAGES, who’s purpose is not just to raise funds, but raise awareness of the fight against Cancer.
KAWS, throughout his steep climb to become one of the most famous artists in the world today, has often been compared to the likes of Haring, Warhol and Scharf, to see the New Jersey born artist together alongside his fellow Brooklyn based Scharf is uncanny, the similarities are too, Scharf so heavily and known for his influences from the likes of The Jetson’s and Flintstones, KAWS, likewise, so well known for his reference to The Simpson’s, The Smurf’s and Sponge Bob Squarepants.
Kenny Scharf’s ‘The Flintstones’ reference
KAWS ‘The Simpsons’ or ‘The Kimpson’s’ reference
You can watch the full video interview alongside many more here at our STAGES mini-site.