KAWS - 20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale Hong Kong Monday, June 20, 2022 | Phillips

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  • “I use the X the same way that Mercedes uses the grille on their cars… You see them in the rearview mirror and just have a glimpse of it, and you know the style of the car going behind you.”
    — KAWS

     

     

    How KAWS Became the Face of Contemporary Art interview with Blueprint

    Video Courtesy of Blueprint

    • Provenance

      Friedman Benda, New York
      Private Collection
      Sotheby’s, Hong Kong, 7 October 2019, lot 609
      Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

    • 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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UNTITLED

signed and dated 'KAWS.. 13' on the reverse
acrylic on canvas
diameter 101.7 cm. (40 in.)
Painted in 2013.

Full Cataloguing

Estimate
HK$2,200,000 - 3,500,000 
€268,000-426,000
$282,000-449,000

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20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale

Hong Kong Auction 21 June 2022