KAWS, KAWS: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness, 2019
Title: KAWS: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness
Medium: Print and Catalogue
Technique: Original screenprint, GONE, 2019, printed on printed on Arches Aquarelle 300gsm paper, presented in a Wibalin Buckram-bound print wallet and archival-grade print envelope inside the print wallet, and limited-edition copy of the exhibition catalogue
Classification: Limited Edition
Edition size: 750
Size: 38.1 x 30.5 cm, 15 x 12 in (print)
Markings: Signed and numbered
Condition: Mint, as issued
Genre: Street art / graffiti
Publisher: National Gallery of Victoria, Australia
ABOUT THE WORK:
Printed in New York under the supervision of the artist, this screenprint on Arches Aquarelle 300gsm is based on GONE. An emotional depiction of loss, GONE, 2019, shows KAWS’s well-known characters COMPANION and BFF in a pose reminiscent of a classic pietà. It is among the most powerful of KAWS’s sculptural works, which often embody humility, pathos and vulnerability. Whether as a monumental sculpture, vinyl edition, or screenprint, the exquisitely rendered and immaculately finished work engages with contemporary issues such as loneliness and celebrates supportiveness in today’s increasingly fractured world.
KAWS is one of the most prominent and prolific artists of his generation. Working across art, fashion and design, he creates colour-filled paintings, murals, large-scale sculptures, street and public art, products, and streetwear. His work is infused with humour and humanity and is deeply tied to our times. KAWS draws his cast of characters from pop-culture animations to form a distinctive artistic vocabulary.
Featuring a new text by Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid’s Tale), a biographical essay by NGV Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, Dr Simon Maidment, and more than 200 images, including documentation of the career-survey exhibition KAWS: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness at the National Gallery of Victoria, this publication is a comprehensive overview of the artist's work to date.
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