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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, Miami
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    NYT is a painting that portrays one of the characters that inhabit KAWS’ artistic universe, and demonstrates the artist’s creativity and striking ability to appropriate iconic characters and turn them at once into his own unique creation. Immediately reminiscent of the world of graffiti, billboards and advertising posters, with its vibrant colours and visual vocabulary, NYT portrays a puffy, inflated skull with crossed out 'X' eyes that lend a dark twist to the piece—a signature aspect of KAWS’ artistic language. The result is a figure that conveys great attraction yet maintains its emotional distance, rendering the subject matter somehow devoid of human characteristics and instantly cartoon in its exaggerations.

  • Artist Biography

    KAWS

    American • 1974

    KAWS (b. 1974, Jersey City, New Jersey; lives and works in Brooklyn, New York) is renowned for his prolific body of work that straddles the worlds of art and design to include paintings, murals, graphic and product design, street art, and large-scale sculptures. Over the last two decades KAWS has built a successful career with work that consistently shows his formal agility as an artist, as well as his underlying wit, irreverence, and affection for our times. His refined graphic language revitalizes figuration with both big, bold gestures and playful intricacies.  

    KAWS often appropriates and draws inspiration from pop culture animations, forming a unique artistic vocabulary across mediums. Admired for his larger-than-life sculptures and hardedge paintings that emphasize line and color, KAWS’s cast of hybrid cartoon characters are the strongest examples of his exploration of humanity. As seen in his collaborations with global brands, the artist’s imagery possesses a sophisticated humor and reveals a thoughtful interplay with consumer products. With their broad appeal, KAWS’s artworks are highly sought-after by collectors inside and outside of the art world, establishing him as a uniquely prominent artist and influence in today’s culture.  

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Property of an Important American Collector

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NYT

2012
signed and dated "KAWS 12" on the reverse
acrylic on canvas
diameter 152.4 cm (60 in.)
Painted in 2012.

Estimate
HK$1,000,000 - 1,500,000 
€120,000-181,000
$128,000-192,000

Sold for HK$1,625,000

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20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Evening Sale

Hong Kong Auction 28 May 2017