KAWS - 24/7: Online Auction Hong Kong Thursday, October 8, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    KAWSONE.COM
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Atlanta, High Museum of Art, Downtime, 18 February - 29 July 2012, cover page (another example exhibited and illustrated)
    Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; Shanghai, Yuz Museum, KAWS: WHERE THE END STARTS, 20 October 2016 - 13 August 2017, fig. 6, pp. 70, 140-141 (original work 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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PAPER SMILE

2012
signed and dated 'KAWS..12' lower right; numbered '58/100' lower left
screenprint in colours on Saunders Waterford paper
63.8 x 51 cm. (25 1/8 x 20 1/8 in.)
Executed in 2012, this work is number 58 from an edition of 100.

Estimate
HK$60,000 - 80,000 
€6,600-8,800
$7,700-10,300

Sold for HK$87,500

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