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‘Peanuts’ murals pop up around NYC’s Hudson Square


Get a load of the Peanuts gallery.


You can on Monday around Hudson Square, where larger-than-life murals of Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the gang are being installed for an art show designed to bring communities together.


Happiness is a warm pop-up — for the next three months in this Lower Manhattan neighborhood.


Kenny Scharf, a Los Angeles-based pop abstract surrealist, who broke through as part of the East Village art scene in New York in the 1980s, is one of seven contemporary artists in the group show.


“The thing I loved so much about Peanuts is the amazing hand of their creator Charles Schultz,” Scharf told the Daily News. “The gestures were so great. Getting to riff on those lines means a lot to me.”


Scharf’s piece in the Peanuts Global Artist Collective depicts Lucy, Linus, Woodstock and other characters before a swirling purple cosmic circles, a signature motif since the 1980s.

LA-based Kenny Scharf broke through in the 1980s as part of the East Village art scene and has always been drawn to Charles Schultz’s eloquent lines in Peanuts.

(Courtesy Peanuts)


Scharf, born in 1958, has been drawn to the cosmos since he was three. He chalks it up to being a space baby who came into the world not long “after Sputnik was launched.”


Scharf’s mural is at Watts St., between Hudson and Varick Sts. A map at the Children’s Museum of Arts, an event co-presenter, offers a guide to other artists. They include Mr. A, Nina Chanel Abney, AVAF, FriendsWithYou, Tomokazu Matsuyama and Rob Pruitt.


Invited to take part in the collective show heading to Berlin, San Francisco, Tokyo and Mexico City, Scharf didn’t take long to decide that he, like armchair shrink Lucy van Pelt, was in.


“Peanuts was the only comic I read as a kid,” he says. “It’s a classic.”

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