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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

    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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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