Ten Works: UPS AND DOWNS

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, New York
    Private Collection, Hong Kong
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Artist Bio

    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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KAWS

Ten Works: UPS AND DOWNS

2013
each signed, dated and numbered '28/100 KAWS.. 13' lower left and right respectively
screenprints
each 88.9 x 58.2 cm. (35 x 22 7/8 in.)
Executed in 2013, these works are number 28 from an edition of 100 plus 20 artist's proofs, and is accompanied by its original fabric-covered portfolio.

Estimate
HK$500,000 - 700,000 
€57,100-80,000
$64,100-89,700

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Danielle So
Associate Specialist, Head of Day Sale

20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale

Hong Kong Auction 25 November 2019