Kaws USA, born 1974 in New Jersey

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KAWS - Tweety (Black; and Yellow) (Two Works)
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From Japan with Love
October 2021
Sothebys, London
Est.: 1,200 - 1,800 GBP
Realised: 2,772 GBP
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KAWS - Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket
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From Japan with Love
October 2021
Sothebys, London
Est.: 2,000 - 3,000 GBP
Realised: 6,930 GBP
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KAWS - Snoopy
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From Japan with Love
October 2021
Sothebys, London
Est.: 700 - 900 GBP
Realised: 2,520 GBP
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KAWS - Undercover Bear (Black)
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From Japan with Love
October 2021
Sothebys, London
Est.: 600 - 800 GBP
Realised: 1,008 GBP
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KAWS - Small Lies (Grey; Black; and Brown) (Three Works)
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From Japan with Love
October 2021
Sothebys, London
Est.: 600 - 800 GBP
Realised: 1,008 GBP
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KAWS - Untitled (from \'The News\')
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From Japan with Love
October 2021
Sothebys, London
Est.: 8,000 - 12,000 GBP
Realised: 10,080 GBP
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KAWS - Holiday: UK (Black; and White) (Two Works)
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From Japan with Love
October 2021
Sothebys, London
Est.: 1,500 - 2,000 GBP
Realised: not available
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KAWS - Companion: Blush (Full Bodied; and Flayed) (Two Works)
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From Japan with Love
October 2021
Sothebys, London
Est.: 700 - 900 GBP
Realised: not available
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KAWS - NO REPLY (A COMPLETE SET OF TEN PRINTS)
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Contemporary Art Day Sale
October 2021
Sothebys, Hong Kong
Est.: 500,000 - 700,000 HKD
Realised: 819,000 HKD
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KAWS - FOUR FOOT DISSECTED COMPANION (BROWN)
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Contemporary Art Day Sale
October 2021
Sothebys, Hong Kong
Est.: 550,000 - 800,000 HKD
Realised: 693,000 HKD
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KAWS - Small lie (brown) (i), Small lie (black) (ii), Small lie (grey) (iii)
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Contemporary Curated
October 2021
Sothebys, Paris
Est.: 1,000 - 1,200 EUR
Realised: 3,024 EUR
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KAWS - UNTITLED
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Contemporary Art Day Sale
October 2021
Sothebys, Hong Kong
Est.: 1,200,000 - 1,800,000 HKD
Realised: 1,071,000 HKD
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The artist Kaws

  • KAWS is the artist name of the US pop-art artist and designer Brian Donnelly.
  • His style is influenced by pop art and blurs the boundaries between art and commerce.
  • He is known for the designer toy "Companion" and similar cartoonesque figures.

Brian Donnelly, better known by his stage name KAWS, was born on 4 November 1974 in Jersey City (New Jersey) and is a US artist and designer. In 1990, he moved to New York City to study and initially became known as a graffiti artist under the name KAWS, painting over advertisements on bus stops, billboards and telephone booths and reinterpreting them in an ironic way. In addition to New York, he later did this in other major cities such as Berlin, Paris and Tokyo. In 1996, he graduated from the School of Visual Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration and then worked briefly as a freelance animator. In 1999, he created his first designer toy in cooperation with the Japanese company Bounty Hunter: a vinyl figure inspired by Mickey Mouse with crossed eyes and the name »Companion«. The face with the characteristic crosses in its eyes is also a recurring motif in later works and paintings.

KAWS' contemporary pop art earned him various collaborations with renowned brands and personalities. In 2013, for example, he redesigned the Moonman - the trophy of the MTV Video Music Awards, created Air Force 1 shoe models for NIKE together with 17 other designers and designed record covers for Towa Tei and Kanye West, among others. In May 2017, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City released a limited edition of KAWS' companion action figure, after which the museum's online shop collapsed due to an unprecedented influx of visitors.

In April 2019, KAWS' painting The Kaws Album (2005) sold at Sotheby's in Hong Kong for the equivalent of US$14.7 million, a record for the artist at the time. KAWS' art is informed by popular culture and influenced by painters such as Gerhard Richter, Claes Oldenburg and Chuck Close. It is characterised by its emphasis on colours, lines and distinctive graphics such as the repeated use of the "X" on hands, noses, ears and especially eyes. He often caricatures pop culture icons such as Mickey Mouse, SpongeBob, the Michelin Man, the Smurfs, the Simpsons or the Peanuts and reinterprets them. Like his Companion, other of his caricatures are reminiscent of the illustrations of the Japanese painter Takashi Murakami.

KAW's more recent paintings on Shaped Canvas show mainly cartoonesque scenes and figures that are usually depicted in a shy or helpless pose. In the process, he deconstructs the appropriated originals into abstraction. Because of his cross-market appeal and his ability to blur the boundaries of art and commerce, he has been compared to artists such as Andy Warhol. KAWS' work has been exhibited internationally in galleries and museums and his work is part of the collections of the High Museum of Art (Atlanta), the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Rosenblum Collection (Paris).

Der Künstler Kaws

  • KAWS ist der Künstlername des US-Pop-Art-Künstlers und Designers Brian Donnelly.
  • Von Pop-Art geprägt, lässt er die Grenzen zwischen Kunst und Kommerz verschwimmen.
  • Bekannt für das Designer-Toy »Companion« und ähnliche cartooneske Figuren.

Brian Donnelly, besser bekannt unter seinem Künstlernamen KAWS, wurde am 04.11.1974 in Jersey City (New Jersey) geboren und ist ein US-amerikanischer Künstler und Designer. 1990 zog er für ein Studium nach New York City und wurde unter dem Namen KAWS zunächst als Graffitikünstler bekannt, der Werbeanzeigen an Bushaltestellen, Reklametafeln und Telefonzellen übermalte und sie auf ironische Weise umdeutete. Neben New York tat er dies später auch in weiteren Großstädten wie Berlin, Paris und Tokio. 1996 schloss er die School of Visual Arts mit einem Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration ab und arbeitete anschließend kurzzeitig als freiberuflicher Trickfilmzeichner. 1999 gestaltete er in Kooperation mit der japanischen Firma Bounty Hunter sein erstes Designer-Toy: Eine an Mickey Mouse angelehnte Vinylfigur mit Namen »Companion« und durchkreuzten Augen. Das Gesicht mit den charakteristischen Kreuzen in den Augen ist auch in späteren Arbeiten und Gemälden ein wiederkehrendes Motiv.

KAWS‘ zeitgenössische Pop-Art brachte ihm diverse Kollaborationen mit namhaften Marken und Persönlichkeiten ein. So gestaltete er 2013 den Moonman – die Trophäe der MTV Video Music Awards – neu, entwarf zusammen mit 17 weiteren Designern Air-Force-1-Schuhmodelle für NIKE und designte Plattencover u. a. für Towa Tei und Kanye West. Im Mai 2017 gab das Museum of Modern Art in New York City eine limitierte Auflage von KAWS‘ Companion-Actionfigur heraus, woraufhin der Onlineshop des Museums wegen eines beispiellosen Besucherandrangs zusammenbrach.

Im April 2019 wurde KAWS Gemälde The Kaws Album (2005) bei Sotheby’s in Hongkong für umgerechnet 14.7 Millionen US-Dollar verkauft, was für den Künstler zum damaligen Zeitpunkt einen neuen Rekord darstellte. KAWS‘ Kunst ist von Populärkultur geprägt und von Malern wie Gerhard Richter, Claes Oldenburg und Chuck Close beeinflusst. Sie zeichnet sich durch ihren Schwerpunkt auf Farben, Linien und distinktiven Grafiken wie den wiederholten Gebrauch der »Xe« an Händen, Nasen, Ohren und vor allem an den Augen aus. Häufig karikiert er Popkultur-Ikonen wie Mickey Mouse, SpongeBob, das Michelin-Männchen, die Schlümpfe, die Simpsons oder die Peanuts und interpretiert sie neu. Wie sein Companion erinnern dabei auch andere seiner Karikaturen an die Illustrationen des japanischen Malers Takashi Murakami.

KAWS aktuelleren Gemälde auf Shaped Canvas zeigen vornehmlich cartooneske Szenerien und Figuren, die üblicherweise in einer schüchternen oder hilflosen Pose dargestellt werden. Dabei dekonstruiert er die appropriierten Originale zur Abstraktion. Aufgrund seines marktübergreifenden Zuspruchs und seiner Fähigkeit, die Grenzen von Kunst und Kommerz miteinander verschwimmen zu lassen, wird er mit Künstlern wie Andy Warhol verglichen. KAWS‘ Werke wurden auf internationaler Ebene in Galerien und Museen ausgestellt und seine Arbeiten gehören zu den Sammlungen des High Museum of Art (Atlanta), des Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth und der Rosenblum Collection (Paris).

KAWS - COMPANION (PASSING THROUGH)
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Contemporary Art Day Sale
October 2021
Sothebys, Hong Kong
Est.: 2,000,000 - 3,000,000 HKD
Realised: 3,276,000 HKD
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KAWS - Companionship in the Age of Loneliness
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From Japan with Love
October 2021
Sothebys, London
Est.: 3,000 - 4,000 GBP
Realised: 4,032 GBP
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KAWS - You Should Know I Know
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Editions & Works on Paper
October 2021
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 8,000 - 12,000 USD
Realised: 21,420 USD
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KAWS - Presenting the Past
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Editions & Works on Paper
October 2021
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 8,000 - 12,000 USD
Realised: 17,640 USD
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KAWS - UNTITLED POSTCARDS, 6
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Public Intervention: Art of the Street
October 2021
Sothebys, New York
Est.: 5,000 - 7,000 USD
Realised: 10,710 USD
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KAWS - Holiday: Space (Gold)
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From Japan with Love
October 2021
Sothebys, London
Est.: 1,000 - 1,500 GBP
Realised: not available
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KAWS - UNTITLED
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Public Intervention: Art of the Street
October 2021
Sothebys, New York
Est.: 25,000 - 35,000 USD
Realised: 31,500 USD
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KAWS - UNTITLED (KAWS)
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Public Intervention: Art of the Street
October 2021
Sothebys, New York
Est.: 35,000 - 55,000 USD
Realised: 44,100 USD
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KAWS - SKETCHBOOK
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Public Intervention: Art of the Street
October 2021
Sothebys, New York
Est.: 35,000 - 55,000 USD
Realised: 75,600 USD
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KAWS - BFF (Black Edition; and MoMA Exclusive) (Two Works)
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From Japan with Love
October 2021
Sothebys, London
Est.: 500 - 700 GBP
Realised: 1,008 GBP
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KAWS - Companion (Full Bodied; and Flayed) (Six Works)
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From Japan with Love
October 2021
Sothebys, London
Est.: 3,000 - 5,000 GBP
Realised: 3,780 GBP
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KAWS - Dissected Companion (Brown; Grey; and Black) (Three Works)
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From Japan with Love
October 2021
Sothebys, London
Est.: 3,000 - 5,000 GBP
Realised: 9,450 GBP
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