KAWS - Contemporary Art Day Sale New York Thursday, May 15, 2014 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris
    Private Collection

  • Exhibited

    Hong Kong, Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, KAWS: The Nature of Need, May 15 - June 30, 2012

  • 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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T.N.O.N - B

2012
acrylic on canvas
84 x 12 in. (213.5 x 30.5 cm.)
Signed, inscribed and dated "KAWS 12 T.N.O.N - B" on the reverse.

Estimate
$40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for $45,000

Contact Specialist
Amanda Stoffel
Head of Day Sale
[email protected]
+1 212 940 1261

Contemporary Art Day Sale

New York 16 May 2014 11am