Over the weekend in Taiwan, fans of KAWS experienced what their counterparts in Seoul felt (covered) when the American artist’s impressive HOLIDAY companion sculpture was revealed. Produced in a sitting position rather then laying down, the 36 meter tall inflatable figure relaxed itself at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei and will be on view through the 27th of this month. Check out more photos of the event made possible with the help of AllRightsReserved & JFJ Productions. Photo credit: @rkrkrk, @songmatin, @cchhii611, @s.yin.h, @nk7, and the artist. Discuss KAWS here.
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Later today in Taiwan, KAWS will be unveiling the next iteration of his KAWS:HOLIDAY program after its debut in Seoul last year (covered). On view at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall between January 19 and 27 in Taipei will be the New York-based artist’s largest work to date, a 36-meter tall inflatable version of his signature Companion figure. Accompanying this public art display will be a series of vinyl figures that mirror the new piece as well as some sweet plates, t-shirts, and totes. Those interested can look to Ding Dong […]
On December 9th (10AM CST), KAWS will be releasing his latest series of collectible figures through the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, the site of his shows in 2011 (covered) and 2016 (covered). The large-scale version of his iconic companion figure holding what look to be two offspring (entitled CLEAN SLATE) has already made appearances around the world starting in Hong Kong in 2014 (covered), then other places like Shanghai (covered), Ibiza (covered), and Dallas (covered). Produced in three colorways as usual (Grey, Brown, and Black), the […]
With the public opening of the heavily anticipated exhibition from KAWS set for tomorrow in NYC, here is a first look at what will be on display at Skarstedt Gallery. GONE features new abstracted paintings that at this point only subtly references the XX and iconic cartoonish characters that used to figure so prominently in the Brookyn-based artist’s work. These vibrantly colored compositions are paired nicely with four new large-scale bronze sculptures ranging from the familiar repositioned (like his head down Chum or smaller Companion sitting on a pedestal) […]
Following up on his previous collaboration (covered) with Uniqlo x Sesame Street, KAWS will be releasing a more extensive collection featuring the iconic cast of characters from the popular children’s show on November 19th. This time around not only will there be t-shirts – sweatshirts, hoodies, and a selection of plushes join the release. Head over here for more information. Photo credit: KAWS & Uniqlo. Discuss KAWS here.
Making the move up to Skarstedt Gallery, KAWS, whose work recently breached the $1 million mark at auction, has a show opening in New York on November 8th entitled GONE. Fans of the Brooklyn-based artist will certainly be looking forward to seeing in person the monumental new bronze revealed recently on the cover of the Vanity Fair On Art 2018 supplement along with other sculptures and his abstracted paintings, which are often riffs on iconic cartoonish characters. The striking new piece featuring his instantly recognizable Companion and BFF figures have […]
It’s time for another Rewind feature as we have saved up some art-related videos from the last year that might interest you. Leading things off is a closer look at KAWS collaboration with Dior for their Men’s Summer 2019 Show and his large scale BFF sculpture made with flowers. Other notable videos include: KAWS talks about his recent collaboration with Dior. Victor Castillo’s Hollywood Dreams. Mark Ryden talks more about the album cover he worked on for Michael Jackson. A look at a new mural from Faith47 […]
Judging from these photos, the long teased project from KAWS in Seoul has finally launched with his inflatable companion deployed in Seokchon Lake. Returning to Korea (see 2016) with a 92-foot-long (28 meters) floating HOLIDAY version of his signature character (and associated merch), the Brooklyn-based artist has harnessed the perfect relaxed vibe for this summertime installation. This piece is KAWS’ largest work to date and was masterminded by AllRightsReserved, follow in the footsteps of other similar installations like Florentijn Hofman’s giant floating duck in Hong Kong (covered). Photo credit: AllRightsReserved . Discuss KAWS here.
Continuing to target the Asian market through which he has scored some record results as of late, KAWS will be unveiling a project (with support from LOTTE) soon with a return to Korea (see 2016). Along with one of the New York-based artist’s companion figures floating in Seoul’s Seokchon Lake, his Korean fans will also be pleased to know there will be an assortment of associated products released just in time for summer including a replica floating figure, inflatable pool bed, T-shirts, umbrella and towel. The 28 meter high inflatable […]
Tripling down on his collaboration with Uniqlo, KAWS will be releasing a new collection that re-imagines the world of Sesame Street. The new selection of adult and kids t-shirts from the Brooklyn-based artist is a follow-up to his Peanuts (covered) & Companion (covered) projects with the Japanese casual wear designer, manufacturer and retailer. The line features imagery of the famous puppets, remixed with his signature XX aesthetic as well as frolicking with his Companion figures including the BFF (which seems to be inspired by Sesame Street in the first place). Availability […]