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Target Benchmarks Auction

Central Park, NYC - November 20th 2003

Target Benchmarks Auction

VOTED BEST SHINING MOMENTS OF 2003 - Interior Design

KENNY SCHARF FOR RALPH PUCCI INTERNATIONAL

As a featured project of Central Park's year long 150th Anniversary celebration, the Central Park Conservancy and Target Stores invited 53 eminent artists, architects, designers, and celebrities to use their creative talents in turning traditional park benches into unique works of art as part of the Target Benchmarks Central Park project. Each artist was provided with a four-foot long unfinished wooden slat Central Park bench.

The contribution from Kenny Scharf and Ralph Pucci International was developed from original Scharf illlustrations, Lady Swirly, Baby Dollup and Dog Honey became clay sculptures before being cast in fibreglass, painted with acrylics and placed on the bench.

The prolific, endlessly imaginative Kenny Scharf, who coined the phrase "Pop Realism", was appropriately born in Hollywood, though New York is where he became a star in the early 1980s along with Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. He's a painter, printmaker and sculptor; and as a designer, he has created everything from lifeguard stations to carnival carousels.

Mr. Scharf says, "lacking the swath of green that is Central Park, where you can leave the subway, take a breath and chill out, the city would be hell. Mr. Scharf wanted his bench to be functional and reflect normalcy. That the family is silver suggests everyone is welcome and wouldn't be conspicuous, even if they were aliens.

From November 1st through 8th, the benches will be exhibited at a selection of Chelsea Galleries. The benches will be auctioned at Christie's on November 20th.

All auction proceeds will benefit the Central Park Conservancy's ongoing care and maintenance of Central Park. Christie's has generously waived all commissions and fees related to this auction.

Kenny Scharf and Ralph Pucci are pleased to be amongst many choosen artists including Ross Bleckner, Clodagh Design, Michael Gabellini, Michael Graves, Charles Gwathmey, James Rosenquist and Robert Wilson to name just a few.