KAWS EXPLORES FAMILIAR THEMES IN “PLAY YOUR PART” AT GALLERY JAVIER LOPEZ, MADRID
Following his epic show with Mary Boone in NYC at the end of last year (and simultaneous shows at Galerie Perrotin, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art), Supertouch buddy KAWS proves he put his money to good use in building his gorgeous new Brooklyn studio/factory with this immediate followup show of new large-scale work titled “Play Your Part” at Gallery Javier Lopez in Madrid. Focusing this time on paintings (with the exception of one large-scale reclining Dissected Companion sculpture), Mr Donnelley proves there’s still some miles left in his most recent pop pastiche visual direction and enduring cartoon subject matter like Spongebob and the Smurfs with these new figurative cutout and traditional geometric paintings. Despite the accomplished fit and finish of these beautiful pieces, though, it would be nice—having watched the evolution of KAWS’ artistic oeuvre from literally day one—to see some new visual themes brought into the mix by now. One can’t help but feel like it’s time to put old Spongebob to rest the way longtime patron Nigo retired his silly jewelry and cammo hoodies. Nonetheless, it’s beautiful work in every way that is hopefully leading to some new graphic ideas sooner than later.
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