Posts Tagged ‘KAWS’

NEWS///CYCLE KILLERS///LANCE ARMSTRONG’S NEW KAWS TREK MADONE 6.9 UNVEILED

March 8, 2009  |  art, Cycle Killers, KAWS, LA, Lance Armstrong, News  |  Comments Off

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Pop killer KAWS just put the finishing touches on his new design for Supertouch buddy LANCE ARMSTRONG's new TREK Madone 6.9 road bike set to roll in the upcoming MILAN-SAN REMO race. Unveiled tonite at NIKE's MONTALBAN THEATER by Lance himself, the cycle marks the kickoff of the new "Stages" art bike campaign being waged to help expand the LIVESTRONG foundation's global anti-cancer fight. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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NEWS///POP LIFE///KAWS DOES COVER OF NEW YORK MAG “BEST OF NEW YORK 2009″ ISSUE

March 2, 2009  |  art, Graffiti, KAWS, News, NYC, Pop Art, Pop Life, Street Art  |  Comments Off

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...and it hits stands Monday, March 2nd. Don't sleep.

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FLASHBACK///VINTAGE FOOTAGE OF KAWS IN ACTION ON THE STREETS OF NYC & TOKYO

February 23, 2009  |  art, Graffiti, KAWS, News, NYC, Street Art, Street Life, Tokyo, Video  |  Comments Off

KAWS' street hits were the freshest on the block back in '97 when an incredibly young-looking Brian Donnelley was getting busy on the billboards and bus stops of NYC and Tokyo on the regular. Here we see some rare footage of the youthful media manipulator on the go with commentary by fellow bomber RON ENGLISH...

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LA///FIRST LOOK: KAWS’ “THE LONG WAY HOME” AT HONOR FRASER GALLERY

February 22, 2009  |  art, Feature, First Look, Graffiti, KAWS, LA, News, Street Art  |  Comments Off

kawshf1.jpg KAWS' anxiously anticipated new show “The Long Way Home,” opened its doors to an absolutely massive crowd at HONOR FRASER gallery in LA last nite, with a queue that wrapped entirely around the block (and then some) for the duration of the frenzied two-hour opening. KAWS' incredibly well behaved legion of faithful followers did their best to make the Brooklyn-based artist feel welcome in his first west coast solo exhibition that featured new paintings (the largest of which went to collector and Supertouch buddy Lance Armstrong), sculptures, a 20" solid bronze Chum figure and a new series of "Kurfs" and Spongebob package paintings that were spoken for well before the opening festivities kicked off.

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LA///NEWS///KAWS IN THE LA TIMES

February 22, 2009  |  art, Graffiti, KAWS, LA, News, Street Art  |  Comments Off

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KAWS pictured with Lance Armstrong's latest acquisition...

TAG, THIS ARTIST IS DEFINITELY IT
KAWS becomes a brand name as his images appear on hip-hoppers' clothes and on gallery walls.

By Chris Lee
February 21, 2009, LATimes

Over the course of a career that has variously infuriated anti-graffiti task force officers and enthralled Japanese street couture collectors—meaning winning props from hip-hop superstars Kanye West and Pharrell Williams—the pop artist KAWS has carved a unique niche for himself. The soft-spoken 34-year-old Jersey City native, born Brian Donnelly, created a new business model that bridges the high-low culture divide in ways that would have made steam come out of Andy Warhol's ears.

By parlaying vandalism into a brand identity as a purveyor of mass-produced collectible toys, KAWS became a bona fide subculture celebrity with a recognizable presence in street fashion.

But now, KAWS is at a career turning point. In spite of his renown in subcultural circles (which galleristas and museum directors have historically snobbed), he is now being mentioned in the same breath as pop art luminaries, such as Takashi Murakami, Keith Haring and Jeff Koons. And while KAWS has proven himself perfectly capable of trafficking his own pop offerings—on skateboard decks, stickers, T-shirts and sneakers—KAWS has infiltrated the rarefied world of institutional art after being held at arm's distance from it for much of his career. Pretty fly for a graf guy.

"When I grew up, I never thought I could enter a gallery," KAWS said over lunch at Chateau Marmont this week. "I looked at them as these pretentious places that did not welcome me." Click HERE to continue reading...

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LA///NEWS///KAWS’ “I CAN’T FEEL MY FACE” GROUP SHOW AT ROYAL T

February 20, 2009  |  art, KAWS, LA, News  |  Comments Off

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KAWS fans already going into synaptic overload at the thought of Mr. Donnelley's opening of new works at HONOR FRASER this Saturday nite can rejoice in the news that Friday nite, February 20th will see an additional event by the XX-eyed imagist featuring new artwork at the Culver City hotspot ROYAL T. You just better hope you RSVP'd in time. Needless to say, keep it locked on ST for coverage tomorrow...

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LA///SNEEK PEEK: KAWS’ “THE LONG WAY HOME” AT HONOR FRASER

February 19, 2009  |  art, KAWS, LA, News, Sneek Peek  |  Comments Off

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Rabid KAWS fanatics are literally counting the hours till the Brooklyn-based Pop phenomenon opens the doors to his new solo show "The Long Way Home," at HONOR FRASER gallery in LA on SATURDAY NITE, FEBRUARY 21st. Featuring an incredible array of new paintings and sculptures, the exhibition is a real stylistic breakthrough for the artist and promises some good surprises for longtime fans who thought they'd seen it all. Pictured here are some tight details of the epic new paintings just to get the drool factor pumping in advance. Full coverage of the show starts on Saturday at 6pm, stay tuned...

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NEWS///KAWS DOCUMENTARY AIRS ON CBS

February 9, 2009  |  art, KAWS, News, Video  |  Comments Off

Few moments in KAWS' multifaceted and unpredictable career have been as surreal as this segment on him that aired this weekend on CBS, most notable of which is the old dude introducing the clip alongside a 4ft Companion. Just in time for his hotly anticipated opening at HONOR FRASER this month in LA, the incredibly well aged SERENA ALTSCHUL tries to put her finger on the XX-eyed phenomenon. Click HERE to read CBS' article on KAWS...

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NYC///KAWS GOES BIG IN TIMES SQUARE WITH KANYE WEST

January 8, 2009  |  art, Art & Commerce, Kanye, KAWS, News, NYC, Rock of Ages  |  Comments Off

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KAWS hits the big time with Kanye in Times Square... 

It seems KAWS has finally hit the big time with his artwork for the special edition packaging of KANYE WEST's new "808s & Heartbreak" album hitting Times Square this week. Based on a painting featured in KAWS' recent NY show at GERING & LOPEZ GALLERY, the cover is available for a limited time on physical copies of the CD at select retailers.

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Kanye's special edition "808s & Heartbreak" cover...

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KAWS' original painting as shown at Gering & Lopez Gallery in November 2008...

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MIAMI///PHARRELL’S NEW TOY: KAWS’ GIANT WHITE CHUM

December 2, 2008  |  art, Design, KAWS, Miami, News, Pharrell  |  Comments Off

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Just in time for this week's kickoff of ART BASEL 2009, Miami resident & baller extraordinaire PHARRELL has just taken delivery of a brand new 7' fiberglass KAWS "Chum" sculpture at his oceanfront pad. The only one of its kind in this color, the sculpture is part of the extremely limited-edition series kickstarted by the Brooklyn-based XX-eyed artist at his NYC show last month at the GERING & LOPEZ GALLERY where a hot pink version of the familiar Michelin Man awed fans. Look for a new colorway to debut at KAWS' upcoming show at LA's HONOR FRASER GALLERY in February '09...

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Girls stalk Pharrell, Skateboard P stalks KAWS...

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