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  • Provenance

    MEDICOM TOY, OriginalFake
    Collection of Masamichi Katayama, Tokyo
    Phillips, New York, 19 September 2017, lot 6
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, The Encyclopedia of Masamichi Katayama "Life is hard... Let's go shopping.", 8 April - 25 June 2017, pp. 96, 98 (illustrated)

  • Artist Biography


    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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stamped with the artist's name, date and fabricator 'Medicom Toy 2009 © KAWS..09' on the underside
painted cast vinyl
127 x 55 x 33 cm. (50 x 21 5/8 x 12 7/8 in.)
Executed in 2009, this work is from an edition of 100.

HK$400,000 - 600,000 

Sold for HK$882,000

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20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale in Association with Poly Auction

Hong Kong Auction 7 June 2021