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  • Provenance

    (i-iii)
    KAWSONE.COM
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Berlin, me Collectors Room Berlin, ART & TOYS: Collection Selim Varol, 26 May – 16 September 2012 (another example exhibited)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Drawing from the nostalgic warmth of a universally familiar subject that is well cherished by many, in KAWSBOB, KAWS reimagines the pop-icon hero, injecting his signature aesthetic into each composition as he blurs the distinction between ‘high’ art and contemporary culture. Each depiction of the goofy cartoon figure is bluntly cropped, offering no context as to why the protagonist of Nickelodeon’s highest-ever rated series is pulling the emotive faces he is. Despite being portrayed with his recognisable turned up nose and two buck teeth, KAWS claims the character as his own by obliterating his googly eyes with the artist’s signature X-motifs, which as the widely functioning symbol that alludes to drunkenness or poison, compromises the animated figure’s characteristically optimistic persona. As such, KAWS infuses the icon with witty critical discourse, leaving it ‘up to us to decide whether these are homages or criticisms.’ (Mónica Ramírez-Montagut, KAWS, exh. brochure, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, 2010, online).

    Rendered in three colourways: one truly mimicking the iconic yellow, as well as a red and black version that each offer a more subtle tone-on-tone effect, KAWS demonstrates his masterful command of graphic line that straddles both traditional illustration as well as a more expressive abstraction. Through his ingenious appropriations of beloved animated heroes, as depicted in the present work, KAWS has caught the attention of collectors worldwide, as well as a devoted global audience that includes over 3 million Instagram followers. Widely celebrated for his multidisciplinary practice that incorporates painting, sculpture, and print-making, KAWS’s works have found their place in the permanent collections of numerous prestigious institutions, including the Brooklyn Museum in New York, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth in Texas, the CAC Malaga in Spain, and the Rosenblum Collection in Paris.

  • 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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Three Works: KAWSBOB (i) (Red); (ii) (Yellow); (iii) (Black)

2011
(i) signed and dated 'KAWS..11' lower right; numbered '45/100' lower left
(ii) signed and dated 'KAWS..11' lower right; numbered '94/100' lower left
(iii) signed and dated 'KAWS..11' lower right; numbered '27/100' lower left

screenprint in colours on wove paper
each sheet 50.8 x 50.8 cm. (20 x 20 in.)
each frame 54.3 x 54.3 cm. (21 3/8 x 21 3/8 in.)

(i) Executed in 2011, this work is number 45 from edition of 100.
(ii) Executed in 2011, this work is number 94 from edition of 100.
(iii) Executed in 2011, this work is number 27 from edition of 100.

Estimate
HK$300,000 - 400,000 
€32,800-43,700
$38,500-51,300

Sold for HK$437,500

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Intersect: Online Auction

Online Auction 2 - 14 September 2020