KAWS - 24/7 Hong Kong Monday, October 7, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Description

    Please note that this lot is a property of a private individual.

  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) by the present owner

  • Artist Biography


    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 (Limited Edition KAWS x MOCAD print)

signed and dated 'KAWS..19' lower right; further stamped with the artist and museum name, and titled 'MOCAD KAWS xx ALONE AGAIN' on the reverse.
screenprint in colours on paper
25.4 x 20.4 cm. (10 x 8 in.)
Executed in 2019, this work is from a limited edition in collaboration with MOCAD and is accompanied by an acknowledgement of purchase from the museum.

HK$25,000 - 35,000 

Sold for HK$35,000

Contact Specialist

Delissa Putri Handoko
Head of Sale, 20th Century & Contemporary Art


Online Auction 9-18 October 2019