A new exhibit opening this week at the Brooklyn Museum is KAWS: What Party which explores the career of Brooklyn-based artist Brian Donnelly, known as KAWS.
The exhibit features more than 100 works from KAWS 25-year career. The work on view spans a range of genres: early graffiti and street art; paintings appropriating cartoon icons like the Simpsons and the Smurfs (including The Kaws Album, a small canvas that sold for a eye-opening $14.7 million back in 2019); many, many riffs on his signature skull-headed companion figure, sometimes blown up to monumental proportions; various street wear and toy collaborations, all displayed reverentially; and videos showing some of the artist’s more ambitious recent public interventions.
Phaidon also released a book to celebrate KAWS major Brooklyn Museum exhibition
The hardcover book will launch in four different editions: pink, black, yellow and orange. All books are available to preorder now on MoMA Design Store’s website for $59.95 USD each and will ship this June 2021. Get a closer look at the KAWS WHAT PARTY book editions above and let us know if you plan on copping one.
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