Posts Tagged ‘KAWS’
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.”
Supertouch buddy KAWS checks in with a visual update on ROSSON CROW‘s incredible solo show “Focus” at the FORT WORTH MODERN that opened on Saturday nite. Hailing from Plano, Texas, the red Corvette driving LA-based bad girl of the art world is one of the most incredible young talents on the scene who kicked ass and took names with her first solo museum show in her home state of Lone Star. The big show features a small collection of large scale works that were quickly upstaged by the Texas Rose herself who showed up at the opening decked out in a red, white, and blue sequined showgirl’s outfit, exuding state pride right down to her Texas flag manicure. The DALLAS MORNING NEWS took rightful notice:
“Rosson Crow is having one of life’s sweetest moments, and she may be too young to fully appreciate it. Just three years out of Yale’s master’s program, the 26-year-old has moved from gallery level to museum soloist with her “Focus” show, which opened Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
This great career leap forward is happening only a few miles from her hometown of Plano, where she was known as Lauren. She became her more androgynous middle name when she launched her life as an artist … The high-glamour Crow is visually at odds with her large-scale paintings of defunct saloons, taxidermy shops and seedy nightclubs. She likes dark, raucous spaces that have a history, and she combs through archival photographs and American history books for inspirational images. She has incorporated photographs of Abraham Lincoln’s funeral cortège and the New York Stock Exchange at the turn of the century in her work.” Click HERE to read more.
A featured artist in LANCE ARMSTRONG‘s upcoming Supertouch-curated “Stages” art show to benefit the anti-cancer LIVESTRONG foundation, Rosson Crow will be creating an original large-scale painting that will be premiered at the exhibition when doors open on July 16th at GALERIE EMMANUEL PERROTIN in Paris during the TOUR DE FRANCE. Stay tuned to ST for more updates coming soon. Meanwhile, HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Supertouch buddy LANCE ARMSTRONG is currently busy training in Nice, France, warming up on the epic Col de la Madone for this weekend’s competition at the legendary MILAN-SAN REMO day race. A difficult endurance trial for sprinters, the unusually long run will no doubt be made more palatable by the arrival of Lance’s new ride that will see him across the finish line: the KAWS x TREK MADONE 6.9. Keep an eye on ST for race updates this weekend…