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BIOGRAPHY

Born 1974, Jersey City, NJ
Lives in Brooklyn, NY

EDUCATION
1996
BFA, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2017
KAWS, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
WHERE THE END STARTS, Yuz Museum, Shanghai, China
2016
WHERE THE END STARTS, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX
KAWS: GISWIL, More Gallery, Giswil, Switzerland
KAWS: BFF, Central Embassy, Bangkok, Thailand
KAWS, Galerie Perrotin, Seoul, South Korea
KAWS, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Yorkshire, UK
2015
Permanent Vacation II, Eden Rock Gallery, St. Barths
ALONG THE WAY, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
CLEAN SLATE, LA NAVE, Las Salinas, Ibiza, Spain
CLEAN SLATE, Shanghai Times Square, Shanghai, China
2014
MAN'S BEST FRIEND, Honor Fraser, Los Angeles, CA
Permanent Vacation, Eden Rock Gallery, St. Barths
CLEAN SLATE, Harbour City, Hong Kong, China
FINAL DAYS, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Málaga, Spain
PLAY YOUR PART, Galeria Javier Lopez, Madrid, Spain
2013
KAWS at 30th Street Station: COMPANION (PASSING THROUGH), presented by Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
KAWS GISWIL, More Gallery, Giswil, Switzerland
KAWS @ PAFA, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Sculpture Plinth Exhibition Program: KAWS, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
UPS AND DOWNS, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS
Ohhh..., Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
PASS THE BLAME, Galerie Perrotin, New York, NY
KAWS, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY
2012
COMPANION (PASSING THROUGH), Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX
IMAGINARY FRIENDS, Galerie Perrotin, Paris, France
THE NATURE OF NEED, Galerie Perrotin, Hong Kong, China
KAWS: DOWN TIME, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
2011
KAWS: COMPANION, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
Focus: KAWS, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX
Hold The Line, Honor Fraser, Los Angeles, CA
COMPANION (PASSING THROUGH), The Standard, New York, NY
COMPANION (PASSING THROUGH), Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
2010
COMPANION (PASSING THROUGH), Harbour City, Hong Kong, China
Pay the Debt to Nature, Galerie Perrotin, Paris, France
KAWS, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
KAWS, Galeria Javier Lopez, Madrid, Spain
2009
The Long Way Home, Honor Fraser, Los Angeles, CA
2008
KAWS, Gering & López Gallery, New York, NY
Saturated, Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Miami, FL
2003
OriginalFake, BAPE Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2002
#@!*$: Recent Works, Elms Lesters Painting Room, London, UK
C9, MU Art Foundation, Eindhoven, Netherlands
2001
Tokyo First, Parco Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1999
KAWS, Colette, Paris, France

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2016
Holdings: Selections from MCASD's Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, CA
Greek Gotham, Dio Horia Gallery, Mykonos, Greece
A Material Legacy: The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Collection of Contemporary Art, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC
2015
A Shared Space: KAWS, Karl Wirsum, Tomoo Gokita, Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
Mutated Reality, Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow, Russia
Respect, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Málaga, Spain
ArtZuid 2015, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2014
If You're Accidentally Not Included, Don't Worry About It., curated by Peter Saul, Zurcher Studio, New York, NY
Joyride, Marlborough Chelsea, New York, NY
Ok, I'll rename it, Bill Brady KC, Kansas City, MO
Knock! Knock!, Galeria Javier Lopez, Madrid, Spain
Full House, Garth Greenan Gallery, New York, NY
PAINT NEW YORK, GL Strand, Copenhagen, Denmark
2012
East West Shift to the Middle Part #1, Bill Brady KC, Kansas City, MO
Group Show - Wangechi Mutu - KAWS - Jeff Sonhouse - Wim Delvoye, Gallery Zidoun, Luxembourg
It Ain't Fair 2012, OHWOW, Miami, FL
White Columns Benefit Exhibition and Auction, White Columns, New York, NY
2011
PRETTY ON THE INSIDE, organized by Erik Parker and KAWS, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY
Party Animals, Royal/T, Los Angeles, CA
Art in the Streets, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
FACEMAKER, curated by Kathy Grayson, Royal/T, Los Angeles, CA
2010
Mutant Pop, curated by Joe Grillo, Laura Grant, and Brandon Joyce, Loyal Gallery, Malmö, Sweden
It Ain't Fair, OHWOW, Miami, FL
The Reflected Gaze - Self Portraiture Today, The Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA
2009
Just what is it that make today's painting so different, so appealing, Gering & López Gallery, New York, NY
Stages, organized by Lance Armstrong and Nike, Galerie Emannuel Perrotin, Paris, France
Alpha Exotica, curated by Dimitrios Antonitsis, Hydra School Projects, Athens, Greece
The New Yorkers, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Plastic Culture, Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, UK
I Can't Feel My Face, curated by KAWS, Royal/T, Los Angeles, CA
2008
Everything Else, Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, NY
2007
POPcentric, Gering & López Gallery, New York, NY
2006
Info Babble, Richard & Dolly Maass Gallery, Purchase, NY
Ugly Winners, Galerie Du Juor Agnes B., Paris, France
2004
Beautiful Losers, curated by Aaron Rose and Christian Strike, Le Tri Postal, Lille, France; Palazzo Dell'Arte, Milan, Italy; USF Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, FL; Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD; Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA; Yerba Buena Arts Center, San Francisco, CA; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH
2003
SK8 on the Wall, Parco Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2002
Session The Bowl, Deitch Projects, New York, NY
ALIFE Shop, Deitch Projects, New York, NY
Coded Language, City Gallery Chastain, Atlanta, GA
2001
Shortcuts, Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, Athens, Greece
Pierides Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece
New Acquisitions from the Dakis Joannou Collection, Deste Foundation, Athens, Greece

GRANTS
1998
Pernod Liquid Art Award

BIBLIOGRAPHY
2017
Sanchez, Guadalupe. "KAWS Exhibit Draws Large Crowds to the Modern." The Rambler, January 11
2016
Tardiff, Sara. "Nike Enlists Street Artist KAWS to Paint Murals on New York Basketball Courts." Architectural Digest, November 21
Wachs, Audrey. "Nike and KAWS remake these NYC basketball courts with colorful pop art." The Architect's Newspaper, November 16
Morby, Alice. "KAWS Covers New York Basketball Courts in Colorful Murals." Dezeen, November 15
Halle, Howard. "Nike Installs LES Basketball Court Designed by Street Artist KAWS." Time Out New York, November 14
Forrest, Nicholas. "The KAWS Phenomenon at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth." Blouin Artinfo, November 8
Gempel, Natalie. "KAWS Comes Full Circle at the Modern." D Magazine, October 24
Rosen, Miss. "Pop Artist KAWS Takes Us to 'Where the End Starts.'" CRAVE, October 24
Macon, Alex. "KAWS Comes to North Park." D Magazine, October 14
Smart, Jennifer. "KAWS' Art has Graced Museums and Consumer Products, and Now He Gets His First Survey." Dallas Observer, October 4
Devi, Nirmala. "Previews." ArtReview Asia, Summer
Saengmanee, Pattarawadee. "On the street with Elmo." The Nation, July 10
Seligson, Hannah. "The Greek Island That's Becoming an Unexpected Art Destination." The New York Times Style Magazine, July 8
Diderich, Joelle. "Nancy Gonzalez Teams With KAWS on Handbag Line." WWD, July 6
"New sculpture at Hamilton Princess." The Royal Gazette, May 6
"Video: Hamilton Princess Unveils New Sculpture." Bernews, May 5
"Uniqlo brings KAWS to the masses." The Art Newspaper, May, Number 279
Scheffler, Daniel. "Waxing Lyrical." Cultured, April/May
Yotka, Steff. "The Artist Is Present: We Chat With KAWS About His Uniqlo Collab." Vogue, April 22
Banks, Grace. "Kanye West-favourite KAWS Exhibits his Sculptures at Yorkshire Sculpture Park." Forbes, February 29
Duguid, Hannah. "KAWS, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, review: Hipsters' hero feels likeable but bland." The Independent, February 28
Huddleston, Yvette. "Who is behind the giant mice which have taken over Yorkshire Sculpture Park?" Yorkshire Post, February 20
"KAWS, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield." Aesthetica Magazine, February 16
"KAWS." Modern Painters, February
Ferigutti, Lucia. "The Supersized Sculptures of KAWS." AnOther, February 8
Forest, Nicholas. "KAWS Like Never Before at Yorkshire Sculpture Park." Blouin Art Info UK, February 7
"KAWS and his army of cartoon giants land in the UK." CNN, February 5
Gosling, Emily. "No KAWS for concern: the Brooklyn "contemporary pop artist" takes on Yorkshire." It's Nice That, February 4
Hudson, Mark. "KAWS, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, review: 'hypnotically compelling'." The Telegraph, February 4
Gompertz, Will. "Giant cartoon sculptures by KAWS go on show in the UK." BBC News, February 2
Graver, David. "Interview: KAWS on His First Solo UK Museum Exhibition." Cool Hunting, February 1
Judah, Hettie. "Pop artist KAWS' gigantic cartoon sculptures will be taking over the Yorkshire countryside." Independent, January 31
Rosenthal, Emerson. "KAWS' First UK Museum Show Is Massive." The Creators Project, January 25
Stelfox, Hilarie. "Giant cartoon characters in KAWS exhibition at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park." The Huddersfield Daily Examiner, January 22
Atkinson, Neil. "Giant figures hoisted into shape at Yorkshire Sculpture Park." The Huddersfield Daily Examiner, January 18
Pantry, Lindsay. "A wry take on nostalgia as Pop Art star comes to YSP." Wakefield Express, January 15
2015
Reynolds, Rebecca Lee. "Art Review: Cutting a Figure: KAWS, Wirsum & Gokita at the Newcomb in NOLA." Burnaway.org, December 31
Avila, Lubna. "Agenda Musées Les Expositions Incontournables." Graffiti Art, no. 27, December
"KAWS First UK Museum Exhibition To Be Mounted At Yorkshire Sculpture Park." Artlyst, November 18
Solway, Diane. "Views From The Five: KAWS." Art W, November
Bookhardt, D. Eric. "Review: A Shared Space." Gambit, November 2
"Premiere edition." AirFrance Magazine, October, issue 222, p. 39
MacCash, Doug. "Minnie Mouse-like sculpture weeps as KAWS art exhibit opens at Newcomb." The Times-Picayune, September 9
Koch, Nate. "New statue, image for Newcomb Art Museum." The Hullabaloo, August 19
Speros, Will. "A Towering Sculpture Will Loom Over the Lobby of the Brooklyn Museum." Architectural Digest, June 2
Smith, Jennifer. "Endearing and Ominous in Brooklyn." Wall Street Journal, May 26
2014
Prentnieks, Anne. "Critics' Picks: MAN'S BEST FRIEND." Artforum, October 1
2013
Killip, Teofilo. "KAWS Announces the End of His Original Fake Brand." Complex Style, January 18
Ferro, Shane. "Roberta Smith, KAWS, and Other Pnaelists Conclude That Size Does Matter in the Art World." Blouin ArtInfo, February 28
Salisbury, Stephan. "Artist Has Large 30th St. Presence." The Inquirer, April 10
Crimmins, Peter. "'Companion' sculpture takes up temporary residence in Philly's 30th St. Station." newsworks, April 11
Kauffman, Leah. "Interview: KAWS." philly.com, April 11
O'Rourke, Meghan & Gassman, G. "A Picture and a Poem | The Art of James Richardson and KAWS." The New York Times, May 28
Ryzik, Melena. "MTV Awards Will Feature a New Moonman, Just Right for Brooklyn." The New York Times, July 8
McCormick, Carlo. "KAWS' World: From the Streets to TV to Fine Art Galleries, KAWS is Everywhere." PAPER, November 4
Indrisek, Scott. "Interview: KAWS." Modern Painters, November
Laster, Paul. "A Time for KAWS." WhiteHot Magazine, December
2012
Ng, David. "KAWS is Latest Artist to Join Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade." Los Angeles Times, November 26
Miller, Michael H. "KAWS Brings His 'Companion' Over for Thanksgiving." Gallerist NY, November 19
Kahn, Howie. "Up in the Air." The Wall Street Journal, October 25
Davis, Peter. "The Cult of KAWS."PAPER, August 20
Clarkson, Lamar. "Kaws and Effect." Artnews, February, vol. 111, iss. 2
"KAWS and Effect." ARTnews, February, Volume 111, number 2
"KAWS Running the Show at Perrotin in Hong Kong." AMA, May
"KAWS: The Nature of Need." Gallery Perrotin, May
Lavallee, Andrew. "Exploring While Leaving Fingerprints." The Wall Street Journal, May 17
"Under The Influnce: Group Show." Zidoun Gallery, June
Vogel, Carol. "KAWS Character Headed Up in the Air." The New York Times, May 17, p. C20
2011
"26 Questions for Street Artist KAWS." ArtInfo, September 12
Arkitip. "Art in The Streets, KAWS." Arkitip, July
"Artlog's Fall Art Guide: Los Angeles Edition." Société Perrier, September 20
Branch, Kathryn. "The KAWS Effect." New York Times Style, June 7
Browne, Flavia. "Reflections on KAWS." P/, June
Brundage, Douglas. "Pirovino KAWS Collection." Hypebeast, July
Binlot, Ann. "Canvasses on the Catwalk: See How Artists From Mondrian to Richard Serra Inspired the Designs of the New York Fashion Week." Artinfo, September
Corbett, Rachel. "Brian Donnelly: KAWSCAPADES." Artnet, June 11
"Companion (Passing Through)." The Standard, June 9
Dambrot Nys, Shana. "Culver City Art Gallery Openings: Is That All There Is?." LAWeekly, September
Finch, Charlie. "Erik Parker and KAWS: Sitting Pretty." Artnet, June
"Gallery KAWS." House Magazine, Autumn, Issue 18
Gonzalez, Carlos. "Openings: KAWS-'Hold the Line' @ Honor Fraser." Arrested Motion, September 10
Gleason, Mar. "Top 10 Culver City Art Exhibits for September." Huffington Post Los Angeles, September
Greenberg, Shanna. "KAWS xHennessey." Antenna Mag, June
Gruppo, William. "KAWS at the Standard: A Monumental Kids' Cartoon." The Daily Details, June 7
"Go See-New York: Kaws 'Companion (Passing Through)' as the Standard Hotel." Art Observed, June
"Hennessey, KAWS Announce New Bottle Design." Beverage Industry, July
"Hennessey Partners with World-Renowned Artist KAWS to Launch Limited Edition Bottle." Heartland News 12, July
Hoetger, M. "Los Angeles: KAWS At The Honor Fraser Through October." Art Observed, September 29
John. "KAWS X Hennessy V.S Bottle: Behind the Scenes Video." Freshness, July
Kan, Eugene. "KAWS 'Hold The Line' Exhibition @ The Honor Fraser Recap." Hypebeast, September
"KAWS's Spooky Mickey Mouse at the Standard." Artinfo (International Version), June
"KAWS' Traveling Companion." Lane Crawford, June
Ken. "KAWS 'Hold the Line' at the Honor Fraser." Hi Fructose, September 14
Korkidas, Justin. "Gallery: A KAWS Retrospective." Complex, September 9
Kraaijeveld, Paul. "Eye-Popping Art at Paul Kasmin Gallery." Examiner.com, August 5
Laster, Paul. "10 Must-See Fall Art Shows From Cities Around the World." Flavor Wire, September
Laster, Paul. "Review: 'Pretty On The Inside." Time Out New York, August
"Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth Presents FOCUS: KAWS." Dallas Art News, November 8
McKeough, Tim. "The Light Bulb As Art Form." The New York Times, January
Meranda, Carolina A. "This Week: Must See Art in the City." WNTC, August
Michals, Susan, "Art In The Streets Drawls Traffic Jam of Fans." The Wall Street Journal, April 20
Pini, Gary. "A First Look At KAWS' "Hold the Line" Exhibit at the Honor Fraser Gallery in Los Angeles." Paper, September
Poe. "Kaws + Picturebox + The Standard Present- James Jarvas: Live Painting & Signing Evenet." Freshness, November
Raines, Keisha. "KAWS Circular Works 'Hold The Line' At The Honor Fraser Gallery." Warholian.com, September
Robb, Adam. "Taste of Hoboken, Jersey City," NJ.com, August
Robb, Adam. "Exclusive: KAWS," NJ.com, August
Rus, Mayer. "A Cut Above." The Los Angeles Times, July
Rus, Mayer. "Life on Neptunes." W Magazine, July
Savage Hays, Kelsey. "Murakami Hosts Art Preview for Japan Benefit Auction." Auction Central News, November
Schonberger, Nick. "Major Exhibition of KAWS to Open at High Museum of Art." Complex, October 7
Slenske, Michael. "Kaws and the Standard Approach." Interview, June 10
"The Standard, New York Presents: Companion (Passing Through), KAWS." Contemporan, June 9
"The Book Of Skulls." The Guardian.co.uk, August
"Urban Scrawl: Graffiti and Street Art in Special Sale Presented by Artnet Auctions." Artdaild.org, June
Van Zanten, Virginia. "KAWS Sets the Standard." W Magazine, June 7
Wagenblast, Paul. "KAWS: Companion (Passing Through)." Dazed Digital, June 22
Wolf, Guillaume. "KAWS' Hold The Line." Whitewall, September 11
2010
"KAWS: Interview with Toby McGuire." Interview, May
Mannerheim, Jenny. "KAWS." Blast
Spampinato, Francesco. "People: Pop-Style Imagery." Uomo Vogue
Verrecchia, Timothee. "Pop Artifice." L'Officiel Hommes, issue 19
2009
"Pitfalls, On View at the Honor Fraser Gallery." For your Art, April- June
Pollack, Barbara. "Critic's Pick: Brian Donnelly." ArtNews, November
Rose, Aaron. "A Day in the Life of the Los Angeles Art Scene." Whitewall, summer p. 119-22
Lee, Chris. "Tag, This Artist is Definitely It." The Los Angeles Times, February 21
"KAWS." Black Book, May
2008
Haskell, Robert. "Home Boy." Fashion Rocks Magazine
Walker, Rob. "New Looks: KAWS." The New York Times Magazine, August 3
Fowler, Brendan and Terry Richardson. "KAWS." ANP Quarterly, vol. 2, no. 1, p. 45-57
2007
Healy, Murray. "When Love and Skull Work Together, Expect a Masterpiece." POP, February
St. Pierre, Louisa. "Rebel with a..." Spread, issue 2, p. 68-71
2006
Dupouy, Michael. "Origional Fake." L'Art & La Mode(Paris), May
Hirano, Koji. "New York Artist Brings OrigionalFake to Toyko." WWDThursday, June 8
Jones, Tricia. "KAWS Blimey." I-D, issue 269, p. 276-79
Vartanian, Ivan. "The Subversive Art of Designer Toys: KAWS." Full Vinyl, p. 20-25
2005
Smart: A Bathing Ape, Spring/Summer
Nakamura, Eric. "KAWS and Effect." Giant Robot, issue 35, p. 32-37
Klein, Steven. W Magazine, May
2004
"Queen Kong." Super Fantasy, Winter no. 2
MCormick, Carlo. "In the Studio with KAWS." Juxtapoz, Summer, p. 26-33, 98
"KAWS." Paper, May
Kawachi, Taka. "KAWS." Luca, issue 8, p. 38-39
2003
"KAWS." Huge, June, issue 3, p. 101-02

PUBLICATIONS
2014
FINAL DAYS, Spain: Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Málaga
2012
DOWNTIME, Italy: High Museum of Art Atlanta
2010
KAWS, New York: Rizzoli

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
City Museum, St. Louis, MO
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art
Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, OH
Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK


MAN'S BEST FRIEND, 2014 Installation view at Honor Fraser Gallery