FIRST LOOK: KAWS’ “OHHH…” AT KAIKAI KIKI GALLERY
Supertouch buddy KAWS (aka: Brain Donnelley) opened his show of new paintings, "Ohhh...", today at fellow artist Takashi Murakami's Kaikai Kiki Gallery in Tokyo. The exhibition features a beautiful array of large and small canvases showcasing his current artistic mode of character abstraction in which the artist deconstructs his animated subjects like Spongebob and Astro Boy into their core geometric components before scrambling the parts to create cartoon collages of vivid color and form that transcend the representational works of his previous series. Of course, the opening reception featured a rotating cast of Tokyo's pop culture illuminati including Bathing Ape founder and longtime KAWS collaborator Nigo, actor Edison Chen, photographer Yone, and, of course, the man behind it all, Takashi Murakami himself. The show remains on view through May 29.
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