KAWS - Phillips x Artsy: Endless Summer New York Friday, August 28, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection
    Los Angeles, Julien’s Auctions: Street Art and Contemporary Art, October 22, 2016, lot 126
    Acquired from the above 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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Presenting the Past

signed and dated "KAWS 14" lower right, numbered " 215/250" lower left
screenprint in colors on Sanders Waterford paper
32 x 32 in. (81.3 x 81.3 cm.)
Executed in 2014, this work is number 215 from an edition of 250 (total edition includes 50 artist's proofs), published by the artist.

Estimate
$15,000 - 20,000 

Sold for $20,000

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Phillips x Artsy: Endless Summer

Online Auction 28 August - 10 September 2020