COMPANION (DETAIL OF CROWD SHOT)
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  • In Short

     

    “KAWS is not just referring to pop culture, he is making it” — Michael Auping

     

  • The KAWS (r)Evolution

  • Anatomy of the COMPANION

    • Provenance

      Private Collection

    • Artist Bio

      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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Property from a Private European Collection

KAWS

COMPANION (DETAIL OF CROWD SHOT)

signed, titled and dated "KAWS.. 00 COMPANION (Detail of CROWD SHOT)" on the reverse
acrylic on canvas
67 1/2 x 47 1/2 in. (171.5 x 120.7 cm)
Painted in 2000.

Estimate
$1,200,000 - 1,800,000 

sold for $1,380,000

Contact Specialist

Amanda Lo Iacono
Head of Evening Sale
New York
+1 212 940 1278

20th Century and Contemporary Art Evening Sale

New York Auction 2 July 2020