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  • Provenance

    National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Melbourne, National Gallery of Victoria, KAWS: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness, 20 September 2019 - 13 April 2020 (another example exhibited)

  • Artist Biography

    KAWS

    American • 1974

    KAWS (b. 1974, Jersey City, New Jersey; lives and works in Brooklyn, New York) is renowned for his prolific body of work that straddles the worlds of art and design to include paintings, murals, graphic and product design, street art, and large-scale sculptures. Over the last two decades KAWS has built a successful career with work that consistently shows his formal agility as an artist, as well as his underlying wit, irreverence, and affection for our times. His refined graphic language revitalizes figuration with both big, bold gestures and playful intricacies.  

    KAWS often appropriates and draws inspiration from pop culture animations, forming a unique artistic vocabulary across mediums. Admired for his larger-than-life sculptures and hardedge paintings that emphasize line and color, KAWS’s cast of hybrid cartoon characters are the strongest examples of his exploration of humanity. As seen in his collaborations with global brands, the artist’s imagery possesses a sophisticated humor and reveals a thoughtful interplay with consumer products. With their broad appeal, KAWS’s artworks are highly sought-after by collectors inside and outside of the art world, establishing him as a uniquely prominent artist and influence in today’s culture.  

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TENSION

2019
each signed and dated 'KAWS..19' lower right; numbered '98/100' lower left
screenprint in colours on Saunders Waterford paper
each 89 x 58.5 cm. (35 x 23 in.)
box 93.1 x 62.6 x 4.1 cm. (36 5/8 x 24 5/8 x 1 5/8 in.)

Executed in 2019, this work is number 98 from an edition of 100 plus 20 artist's proofs.

Estimate
HK$500,000 - 700,000 
€54,600-76,400
$64,100-89,700

Sold for HK$750,000

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Intersect: Online Auction

Online Auction 2 - 14 September 2020