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Kenny Schachter

United Kingdom

1 Works exhibited on Kooness

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Works by Kenny Schachter

The Larry Joke


88.3 x 57.8cm

3289,17 €

Forming a career through critiquing elitist rules of the art world, artist, art dealer, curator, writer, and critic Kenny Schacher navigates the monetary circulation of art in his work. Maintaining the role of both an insider and outsider in the contemporary art world, Scachter offers what he calls a different, atypical viewpoint of the art world as a person who didn’t learn its systems, including the secretive relationships, pricing, and silence. Through his work, Schachter makes clear the machinations of the art market, disintegrating the barriers for people not on the inside. Influenced by artists like Paul Thek and Vito Acconci, Schachter humorously exposes the good, bad, and ugly nature of the business with blunt candor in works like The Larry Joke (2018). He incorporates humor to direct stark critiques and subvert the seriousness that the art world upholds in an unpretentious manner.

London-based Kenny Schachter has been curating contemporary art exhibits in museums and galleries and teaching art history and economics for nearly 30 years; presently, he is teaching in the graduate department of the University of Zurich. He has lectured internationally, been the recipient of a Rockefeller-supported grant in Mexico and contributed to books on Paul Thek, Zaha Hadid, Vito Acconci and Sigmar Polke/Gerhard Richter. Kenny Schachter has a regular column on Artnet.com in addition to writing widely for various international publications. He had a retrospective of his art at Joel Mesler’s Rental Gallery in New York in the summer of 2018, curated an exhibit at Simon Lee Gallery in London in fall 2018 and had a one-person show at Kantor Gallery, LA, in February 2019. Upcoming projects include a solo exhibit at Blum & Poe in Tokyo and a keynote speech at for the Art Appraisers Association of America. Schachter has been profiled in The New York Times Magazine (cover story, September 1996), and London’s ObserverIndependent and Telegraph. He deals in international art from Impressionist and Modernism to the art and design of today.