KAWS - 20th C. & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Afternoon Session New York Wednesday, November 13, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Gering & Lopez Gallery, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in June 2009

  • Literature

    Ian Luna and Lauren A. Gould, KAWS: 1993-2010, New York, 2010, p. 231 (another variant illustrated)

  • Artist Biography


    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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Property from a Distinguished Midwestern Collection



signed and dated "KAWS..06" on the underside of the figure's left foot; numbered "9/10" on the underside of the figure's right foot; further numbered "9/10" on the original wooden case
painted bronze
15 1/4 x 6 1/2 x 5 1/8 in. (38.7 x 16.5 x 13 cm.)
Executed in 2006, this work is number 9 from an edition of 10 plus 2 artist's proofs and is accompanied by its original wooden case.

$100,000 - 150,000 

Sold for $325,000

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20th C. & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Afternoon Session

New York Auction 13 November 2019