KAWS - 20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale in Association with Poly Auction Hong Kong Sunday, June 6, 2021 | Phillips

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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

    KAWS

    American • 1974

    To understand the work of KAWS is to understand his roots in the skateboard and graffiti crews of New York City. Brian Donnelly chose KAWS as his moniker to tag city streets beginning in the 1990s, and quickly became a celebrated standout in the scene. Having swapped spray paint for explorations in fine art spanning sculpture, painting and collage, KAWS has maintained a fascination with classic cartoons, including Garfield, SpongeBob SquarePants and The Simpsons, and reconfigured familiar subjects into a world of fantasy. 

    Perhaps he is most known for his larger-than-life fiberglass sculptures that supplant the body of Mickey Mouse onto KAWS' own imagined creatures, often with 'x'-ed out eyes or ultra-animated features. However, KAWS also works frequently in neon and vivid paint, adding animation and depth to contemporary paintings filled with approachable imagination. There is mass appeal to KAWS, who exhibits globally and most frequently in Asia, Europe and the United States.  

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Ж260

FOUR FOOT DISSECTED COMPANION (Black)

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.

Estimate
HK$400,000 - 600,000 
€42,100-63,100
$51,300-76,900

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