Posts Tagged ‘KAWS’
Continuing the large-scale exploration of his now-iconic cast of XX-eyed artistic accomplices, KAWS (aka: Brian Donnelley) brings five new characters to life in wooden form with his new "Final Days" show at El Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga (CAC Malaga), Spain. New among his usual array of Companion characters is a giant version of a "Kurf," a KAWS-ified Smurf frozen in a pose of uncertain exploration amidst a crowd of Read More
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 Read More
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...
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