KAWS - 24/7: Online Auction Hong Kong Tuesday, July 20, 2021 | Phillips

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  •  "This is not a simple mixing of the cartoon figure with the abstract, but a blurring of the two, bringing to light the abstract nature of cartoons, as well as the figural possibilities of abstraction." — Michael Auping 

     

    • Provenance

      Private Collection, Asia
      Christie's, Hong Kong, 9 March 2019, lot 1
      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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PIRANHAS WHEN YOU'RE SLEEPING

signed, numbered and dated 'AP 11/20 KAWS.. 17' lower left
silkscreen on paper
image 152.5 x 117.1 cm. (60 x 46 1/8 in.)
frame 155.3 x 119.8 cm. (61 1/8 x 47 1/8 in.)

Published by Pace Editions Inc., New York in 2016, this work is artist proof 11 from an edition of 50 plus 20 artist's proofs.

Full Cataloguing

Estimate
HK$180,000 - 280,000 
€19,600-30,400
$23,100-35,900

Sold for HK$277,200

Contact Specialist

Hin Hin Wong
Associate Specialist, 20th Century & Contemporary Art, Hong Kong
+852 2318 2013
[email protected]

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