Posts Tagged ‘KAWS’
Last week, art world illuminati descended on Switzerland for the most serious installment of the Art Basel trade show franchise in the town where it all started. Unlike the debauched winter party that is Art Basel Miami or the new money fishing hole of Art Basel Hong Kong, Art Basel Switzerland is a serious affair where the big boys go to land serious deals (over $2B in art was on display this year) and the hedonism is second to the business of cashing big art checks. Read More
To coincide with this year's Art Basel Switzerland installment which opened yesterday to the public, KAWS has joined forces with More Gallery in the picturesque area of Giswil, Switzerland, to produce a set of giant new wooden Companion sculptures. Kitted out in Pinocchio guise with the attendant lederhosen and pointy nose, the towering figures are a fitting homage to the area's Read More
Art Basel is always the place to see and be seen in the art world and that experience expanded to the newest frontier of the global art market when the first annual Art Basel Hong Kong opened there last week. Focused in the single largest growth market for the art world, Basel HK featured a better mix of Western and Eastern artists than normal fairs with Asian artists like Takashi Murakami, Yoshitomo Nara, and Yayoi Kusama maintaining a large presence alongside the big money Western artists like Warhol, Basquiat, Ruscha, Prince, and Koons Read More
Like all art fairs—aka: the new clearinghouses of the art world—you're always lucky if 10% of the work on display is good. You're really lucky if that 10% is great. And so it was at this year's annual art summit known as Frieze Art Fair that 10% just happened to be excellent. From blue chip legends like Paul McCarthy, George Condo, and Jeff Koons to antiheros like Barbara Kruger, Daniel Arsham, and Raymond Pettibon, there was no shortage of incredible work on display throughout the exhibitions expansive acreage (and a lot of junk to boot). Here's a brief look at some of this year's best of the best: Read More
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. Read More
Now on display at Philadelphia's 30th St metro station is longtime Supertouch buddy KAWS' giant 16-foot-tall "Companion (Passing Through)" sculpture. This latest stop on the figure's world tour finds the character huddled among the commuting masses of Pennsylvania and is made possible by a collaboration between the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) and rail kings Amtrak. Read More
Amazing Vintage Michelin Bibendum costumes at a European auto race in the 1920s celebrating a character that would go on weather the ages and rear his head in popular art & culture in ways his creator could never have imagined... Read More
Our friends at GUILLOTINE were on hand at the opening of KAWS' eponymous show of three new large-scale monochromatic paintings at esteemed Madrid GALERIE JAVIER LOPEZ. As predicted, KAWS spent a good part of the evening signing autographs for the throng of fans awaiting his first Spanish appearance where his presence was also felt at the concurrent ARCO art fair...
*Additional photos by Sinfe...
KAWS AT ARCO:
Vinyl toy fiend and diehard KAWS fanatic JEFF TOVERS went all the way and made his love eternal. Two more colorways to go, bro, send us photos when you wrap those up...
Supertouch buddy KAWS has just dropped a quick sneek peek of the installation of his eponymous new show of three large paintings in Madrid, Spain, at the esteemed GALERIA JAVIER LOPEZ opening February 17th (to coincide with the kickoff of ARCO Madrid). This show comes as a brief preview for what's to come at the artist's upcoming first ever museum show at THE ALDRICH MUSEUM opening June 2th. Meanwhile, here's what the gallery has to say about the Jersey boy:
"The three monochromatic paintings in this exhibition mark the newest works on canvas by the artist, each using gloss line on a matte background. The two black works, "Nightime Office" and "Through the Door", reuse the artist's signature Kawsbob and Chum characters. Inserting them into claustrophobic compositions, these figures violently break through architectonic frameworks into the space of the viewer, pulling shattered material with them.
The largest work in the show, "Dead Wrong", builds upon the rectilinear sections of the other works, yet combines both characters. Here, space becomes disjointed, conveying a stronger sense of collaged imagery. The fragmentation suggests a recombining and reconfiguration of separate paintings into an overall visual assault. A diminutive set of Kawsbob's hands seem to pull the fabric of the canvas itself to cover his eyes from something imminent. The graphic Chum looms ominously in the background, rendered flat yet threatening.
By augmenting imagery whose origins are innocuous, Kaws subverts popular culture and presents a vision of panic and anxiety. Incorporating his signature "X"ed out eyes, the figures become premonitions of their own deaths, merging childlike imagery with abstract concept. High art strategies and popular icons become interchangeable. KAWS' paintings at once recognize the way that popular images inseminate our lives and suggest the collapse of visual culture."