KAWS - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Thursday, March 8, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Perrotin, Hong Kong
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Hong Kong, Galerie Perrotin, Kaws: The Nature of Need, 16 May 2012 - 30 June 2012 (illustrated on the cover)
    Museum of Modern Art Fort Worth; Shanghai, Yuz Museum, Where the End Starts KAWS, 20 October - 28 July 2017, fig. 8, pp. 69, 73, 88 (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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signed, numbered and dated 'KAWS '12' 1 OF TWO PARTS' on the reverse of left part; further numbered '2 OF TWO PARTS' on the reverse of right part
acrylic on canvas, in 2 parts
left part 198 x 78.2 cm (77 7/8 x 30 3/4 in.)
right part 189 x 79 cm (74 3/8 x 31 1/8 in.)
overall dimensions variable

Executed in 2012.

£150,000 - 250,000 

Sold for £909,000

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 9 March 2018