The cover of December’s issue of EYESCREAM magazine will feature art by KAWS as well as the actress Chiaki Kuriyama who played the Gogo Yubari, the schoolgirl bodyguard of Tokyo mob mistress O-Ren Ishii in Quentin Tarantino’s 2003 film Kill Bill, Volume I. Other features in December’s issue of EYESCREAM will include interviews with Madsaki, Hiroshi Fujiwara and more. Check it out now at your local Japanese bookstore.
Early next month KAWS’ latest gallery show will take place in New York following a successful “Saturated” exhibition in Miami. A preview into the show features one of the exhibition’s showcases, Peril, a 68 x 86 inch acrylic on canvas. The exhibition at the Gering & López Gallery opens up on November 6th with an opening reception free to the public from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. The show will conclude on December 23rd.
KAWS Exhibition at the Gering & López Gallery
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Commissioned by none other than Pharrell Williams, KAWS work will be on display the Miami office of famous gallery owner, Emmanuel Perrotin. Showcasing works in eight different formats, the New Jersey native will be doing his first solo show since 2002. On hand will be pieces inspired by Sponge Bob, a personal favorite of Mr. Williams. The show will open up September 20th, 2008 until the 15th of November, 2008.
The Kaws Sobukun is set to make an emphatic release, inspired by the “Koban” the Japanese police and this piece of vinyl has been simply entitled JPP. Featuring all the usual Kaws detailing with the famed ‘X’ appearing on the eyes, hands, feet along with the bones on the head making the yellow and black colorway an exciting proposition. Available from Original Fake and Kawsone from tomorrow you will have to be quick to own this piece from Medicom and Kaws.
I got a lot of inquiries about these… well they were sold out real quickly (I got a hold of a set). If you seariously want to get them, check out one of the listings at eBay.
Kaws has provided some great artwork for some guitar picks adorning John Mayer’s signature. Featuring some of the finest pieces of work Kaws has put to print or canvas this assortment of picks have been travelling along with John Mayer on his current world tour. In addition Kaws completed the artwork for the VIP tickets pass’s for the most recent concert in NYC, all in all an interesting collaboration so take a closer look below and if a guitar player hope this spring up somewhere.
Yeah, that thing’s real. It’s a special collaborative figure made by KAWS and Chinese art phenomenon YUE MINJUN for a special show of vinyl toys designed by Chinese artists called “Art For The Masses” at Taipei’s MUSEUM OF TOMORROW that opened yesterday (through July 27th). Featuring new sculpts by ZHOU TIEN HAI, LIU YE, JING YU, ZHOU CHUN YA, and YUE MINJUN (with KAWS), the show is the first to address the genre for a Chinese audience incorporating domestic modern artists. All figures have been produced in runs of 500 pieces for sale at the museum and are not being distributed domestically.
“Everything Else,” a group show curated by CHRIS CHURCHILL at FRANKLIN PARRASCH GALLERY in NYC features the work of 16 artists but to be honest, it’s notable primarily for the inclusion of just one: the ever-elusive gallery ghost known as KAWS. Sidestepping the formal art world almost entirely in recent years, choosing instead to sell paintings—many of which were top flight large-scale works—directly to private collectors, the streetwear & collectibles phenomenon known to his parents as Brian Donnelley put the brakes on a formal art career primed for takeoff following his debut installation at Manhattan’s New Museum in 2000. Choosing instead to publicly focus on a burgeoning merchandise empire in recent years, his inclusion in this show (one submission includes his 4′ Companion figure but it’s always been more of a sculpture than a “toy” anyway) is particularly relevant as it marks an official return to the gallery world with several large shows currently in the works. Also included in this show, which seeks to examine why “things” get made and questions “what are the demands of a culture that prompts such production and how do the products of everyday life touch on the spiritual and the immaterial?,” are original artworks by Jason Adkins, Bryan Bowie, Anthony Campuzano, Jason Frazier, Misaki Kawai, Michael J. Kelly, Wook Kim, Wes Lang, Sandra Eula Lee, Rebecca Potts, George Stoll, Keith Tallett, Xavier Veilhan, Jocko Weyland, and Jesse Wine.
American artist KAWS has teamed up with Japanese fashion label COMME des GARÇONS to create a series of wallets. These wallets utilize the popular CdG zip style wallet together with the familiar styles of Kaws. This collaboration includes more than just wallets and will also feature clothing, bags and fragrances. These items are set to debut on November 15th. Available now at Colette.