A clothbound collection of KAWS’s instantly recognizable riffs on pop culture, featuring bold graphics and a familiar cast of characters
Few artists have managed to bridge the gap between high and low culture as seamlessly as KAWS has since his career took off in the 1990s: his iconic cartoon-inspired designs have graced fashion collections, vinyl figurines, and skateboards as well as canvases sold for millions of dollars. Frequently portraying familiar figures such as Mickey Mouse and SpongeBob SquarePants with cauliflower ears and X’ed-out eyes, KAWS employs a sophisticated dark humor throughout his work, exploring the relationship between art and consumerism.
This publication documents the artist’s first exhibit in the Middle East, with more than 40 key pieces in sculpture and painting from the last two decades. The exhibition in Doha, Qatar, and its accompanying catalogue also feature a number of KAWS’s commercial collaborations alongside his 16-foot-tall sculpture Companion (Passing Through) and his inflatable 130-foot-tall piece Holiday. Bound in cloth, this volume is a gorgeous collection of KAWS’s most exciting work.
A graffiti artist since adolescence, KAWS received his BFA in illustration from the School of Visual Arts in 1996. He then worked as a background artist for animated TV programs before becoming an independent designer. He has worked with artists like Kanye West and collaborated with brands such as Supreme, Nike, and Comme des Garçons. He is currently represented by Skarstedt Gallery in New York.
Hardcover : 321 pages
Dimensions : 10 x 8 x 1