KAWS: FAR FAR DOWN
Exhibition: May 5 – August 13, 2017
Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
KAWS: WHERE THE END STARTS
Exhibition: March 28–August 13, 2017
Nike Enlists Street Artist KAWS to
Paint Murals on New York Basketball Courts
By Sara Tardiff
November 21, 2016
The KAWS Phenomenon at
the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
By Nicholas Forrest
November 8, 2016
KAWS: WHERE THE END STARTS
Exhibition: October 22, 2016–January 22, 2017
The Modern Museum of Fort Worth
Exhibition: June 30-July 31, 2016
Central Embassy, Bangkok, Thailand
Sarah Cain, KAWS, Kenny Scharf, Alexis Smith
Holdings: Selections from MCASD's Collection
Exhibition: June 4 - September 4, 2016
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla
A Material Legacy: The Nancy A. Nasher
and David J. Haemisegger Collection of Contemporary Art
Exhibition: February 18-June 26, 2016
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
Exhibition: February 6-June 12, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 6, 6pm
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
KAWS Selected to Participate in ArtZuid 2015
By M.H. MIller
February 24, 2015
Artforum Critics' Pick
KAWS: MAN'S BEST FRIEND
By Anne Prentnieks
KAWS: CLEAN SLATE
On view September 18-October 19
3 – 27 Canton Road
Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
KAWS nominated for smithsonian American Art Museum's Biennial James Dicke Contemporary Artist Prize. Nominated artists work in a diverse range of media, including painting, sculpture, photography, film and video.
KAWS and Erik Parker in Paint New York
In the summer of 2014 GL STRAND presents a compelling insight into contemporary painting from New York that will also serve to present the broad framework that defines the painting today. The diversity of designs and picturesque expression is showing the painting's power, and through the 11 artists we get close to the city and its dynamic pulse. All artists are closely linked to the city and the art scene - they live and work there - and the majority are also trained in the city.
Rosson Crow, KAWS, Robert Lazzarini and Erik Parker in the Modern Auction
KAWS' UPS AND DOWNS at the Nerman Museum
Brooklyn-based KAWS is an artist who exhibits in museums and galleries internationally. KAWS' art stands within the historical continuum that began with Pop Art, straddling the line between fine art and commerce. From his 17-foot tall sculpture COMPANION (PASSING THROUGH), installed on the Nerman Museum's front lawn, to his recent installations at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, his works are immediately recognizable as he transforms iconic pop culture characters into thought-provoking works of art.
KAWS at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
KAWS @ PAFA features both indoor and outdoor components. A new 9-foot KAWS sculpture will be installed on the pedestal above the front entrance of the Historic Landmark Building. Additionally, over 60 KAWS paintings and sculptures will be installed throughout the galleries of the Historic Landmark Building.
KAWS IN NY TIMES
MTV Awards Will Feature a New Moonman, Just Right for Brooklyn
By Melena Ryzik
Since the MTV Video Music Awards began in 1984, winners have collected the Moonman, a statuette based on the image of a helmeted Buzz Aldrin planting a flag on the Moon. For this year only, the astronaut will be supplanted by a figure that looks cartoonishly extraterrestrial: Companion, the big-eared, X-eyed creature designed by the Brooklyn artist KAWS.
SIZE MATTERS: KAWS IN PANEL DISCUSSION AT FIT, NYC
Size Matters brings together a distinguished art-world panel to discuss the current trend of large-scale projects with popular appeal in art, and its impact on audience expectations, artistic practice, curating, and the contemporary art market.
Moderated by Hrag Vartanian with KAWS, Gavin Brown, Peter Halley, and Roberta Smith.
Tuesday February 26, 7pm
Katie Murphy Ampitheater, Pomerantz Art and Design Center, NYC
KAWS and Gardar Eide Einarsson in Re.Start
In response to the devastating effects of hurricane Sandy on the arts in New York, Paddle8 has teamed up with Creative Time and New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) to hold RE.START, an online auction benefiting artists and arts organizations affected by the storm.
November 27 - December 11, 2012
KAWS in Gallerist NY
KAWS Brings His 'Companion' Over for Thanksgiving
By Michael H. Miller
November 19, 2012
Making a float for the Macy's parade puts KAWS in good company. The event's so-called Blue Sky Gallery series has included Jeff Koons (a giant shiny rabbit) and Takashi Murakami, who famously danced around on his float in a plush flower costume. In a way, a giant balloon floating down Avenue of the Americas could be considered the most literal form of street art. And the gloomy Companion taking his place alongside Pikachu and Sonic the Hedgehog on national television is a disruption on a larger scale than defacing a Calvin Klein ad. KAWS has come a long way from Jersey City, but he's also getting back to his roots.
November 19, 2012
KAWS at Independent Curators International 2012 Benefit Auction
ICI's Annual Auction is here! Join the excitement of the Live Auction at the Benefit on Monday, November 19, led by Alexander Rotter, Senior Vice President, Head of Department of Contemporary Art at Sotheby's New York.
Independent Curators International (ICI) produces traveling exhibitions, events, publications, and training opportunities for diverse audiences around the world. Established in 1975 and headquartered in New York, ICI is a hub that provides access to the people and practices that are key to current developments in the field, inspiring fresh ways of seeing and contextualizing contemporary art.
KAWS at Emmanuel Perrotin
KAWS is many things to many audiences. He is an artist, a collector, a designer, a brand, a celebrity, and an entrepreneur. These multiple identities, which are both autonomous and interdependent at the same time, point toward an interconnectedness in contemporary culture between real and virtual worlds, between the personal and the public – art, technology, life and the seamless relationship between and among them in the era of social media. Boundaries between people, places, and things today are fluid and porous giving rise to a new visual language that facilitates a dynamic social and cultural exchange. KAWS speaks this language, incorporating familiar images in his work, which in their different permutations function as a multiplicity of signs and symbols that communicate all at once something new and strange.
November 3 - December 22, 2012
76 Rue de Turenne 75003 Paris
KAWS in The Wall Street Journal
Up in the Air
By Howie Kahn
October 25, 2012
What makes Donnelly uniquely appealing to Macy's is the fact that he's a world-renowned artist with a cult following as a toy maker. In Tokyo, where his clothing line, OriginalFake, has a flagship store, collectors line up for new KAWS releases, which also sell out in a matter of hours on the Internet. "I get hate mail," says Donnelly, "because they sell out so fast." Donnelly issued his first limited-edition figurine in 1999 in collaboration with a Japanese collectible line called Bounty Hunter. "When the idea first came up," says Donnelly, "I'd never made my work in 3-D. But I always wanted to do sculpture, and I was looking at Claes Oldenburg and H.C. Westermann, all these editions they were doing, and it's just a world I wanted to get into. After making that first toy, it was eight inches tall, but in my head, it was like I'd just made a building or a boat." Its name was Companion. Its body bulged and bent, arms akimbo, and atop its vinyl shoulders sat an oversize skull and crossbones for a head. There were Xs slashed over the eyes and the recognizably Disneyesque gloves. As with his advertising interventions, the gesture seemed more intimate and knowing than mocking.
October 25, 2012
KAWS in PAPERMAG
The Cult of KAWS
By Peter Davis
August 20, 2012
In an age where cultural figures are supposed to be somewhat larger than life, and when bad boys (and girls) still get props for their antics, KAWS is perhaps the most unlikely of art stars imaginable. Neither lacking in ambition or vision, KAWS remains uncannily modest and reserved in a way that borders on shy. But when asked about the bizarre discontinuity between the almost hermit-like workaholic and the renown by which just about anything he does sets social media a-twitter, KAWS is not just being coy when he says, "I know the work is getting out there beyond my studio and that I have a lot of opportunities at the moment, but I don't really think about it a lot."
August 20, 2012
KAWS to produce balloon for 2012 Macy's Thanksgiving Parade
In November, KAWS will create a balloon for the 2012 Macy's Thanksgiving Parade. Translating one of the characters KAWS has developed over the past years, COMPANION, into a monumental inflatable sculpture, KAWS joins a list of artists that includes Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami, and Tim Burton, who have produced works for the parade in the past.
You can read more about this project in Carol Vogel's recent NY Times article .
KAWS exhibition news
KAWS: DOWN TIME at High Museum of Art extended through July 29, 2012
4469 Stella Dr.
Atlanta, GA 30327
KAWS: Nature of Need, currently on view at Galerie Perrotin
May 15 - June 30, 2012
Hong Kong 50 Connaught Road
KAWS exhibition at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts slated for Spring 2013
118 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
KAWS and Erik Parker included in the 2012 White Columns Benefit Exhibition and Auction
KAWS and Erik Parker are included in the 2012 White Columns Benefit Exhibition and Auction, featuring artwork by over 80 artists to support White Columns. All artwork will be on view at White Columns from April 28 – May 12.
320 West 13th St.
New York, NY 10014
KAWS at High Museum of Art Atlanta
The High Museum of Art will premiere a major multi-site exhibition of work by KAWS opening to the public on February 18, 2012. The exhibition features a 22-foot-high, site-specific mural painted in the Margaretta Taylor Lobby of the High's Wieland Pavilion and a 24-foot-long triptych hung in the Museum's Robinson Atrium. In addition, the exhibition will include three new major works including a grid of 27 round paintings, a group of KAWS toys, drawings, and a collaborative project with British Photographer David Sims.
High Museum of Art Atlanta
February 18 - May 20, 2012
KAWS in ARTnews
KAWS and Effect
By Lamar Clarkson
On the plaza outside Atlanta's High Museum of Art, a
6-foot-tall fiberglass Mickey Mouse slouches, his face
pitched forward into a pair of white-gloved hands. But
this isn't thefamiliar Disney character. With X's on his
hands and bulbous crossbones protruding from his head,
the figure in Companion (Passing Through), 2010, is a
harassed-looking version of Mickey, and he seems to be
having an existential moment.
February, 2012 Issue
KAWS at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
KAWS is the subject of the first Focus exhibition for the 2011–2012 season. KAWS's vast body of work includes graffiti (early in his career), murals, paintings, and sculpture. Following along the continuum of Pop art, his work critiques contemporary consumer culture, blurring the boundaries between it and the art world. Building an artistic language, which includes altered forms of familiar animated characters, such as Mickey Mouse, the Michelin Man, and SpongeBob SquarePants, his cartoonlike hybrids are often depicted in various states of the human condition.
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
December 11, 2011 - February 19, 2012
Kaws in Hypebeast
By Chris Danforth
To follow up on the "Passing Through" exhibition at HARBOUR CITY, the well-known Hong Kong shopping center has teamed up with KAWS and AllRightsReserved on this "Santa Cross is Coming to City" Tote Bag. The bag boasts a bold design featuring playful beard and boots being worn by the easily recognizable Companion figure; complete with a wrapped present under one arm. Two colorways will be available in this tote bag, which is sure to resonate equally with fans of KAWS and AllRightsReserved. The bag will be available for redemption at Harbour City between December 17 and 18 with purchases exceeding $2,000 HKD
KAWS in Dallas Art News
November 8, 2011
Exhibition dates: December 11, 2011 - February 19, 2012
The work of Brooklyn-based artist Brian Donnelly, who makes his art under the moniker "KAWS," is the subject of the first Focus exhibition for the 2011-2012 season. KAWS began his career as a graffiti writer in his hometown of Jersey City. By the time he entered the School of Visual Arts in New York to study illustration he had already developed an underground following. His painted-on interventions to ads in and around Manhattan were widely collected by aficionados of "street art." His moniker, KAWS, also became well known through his street tags and explosive murals on billboards and trains.
KAWS in House Magazine
House Magazine Issue 18 Autumn 2011
Born in 1974 in New Jersey, KAWS studied at the school of visual arts in New York. He has had solo exhibits The Aldrich contemporary art museum, Connecticuit, Galerie Perrotin in Paris, and Galeria Javier Lopez in Madrid. He has been included in group exhibitions at MOCA in Los Angeles, Torrance art Museum, the Orange County Museum of Art, YBCA in San Francisco, and the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati. So far, he has had four monographs published of his work, the most recent in 2010 by Skira/Rizzoli.
KAWS in Art Observed
By M. Hoetger
September 29, 2011
Amid a crowded fall season in Los Angeles, Honor Fraser hosts "Hold the Line," the newest show of works by New-York based media and urban culture phenomenonKAWS. Dubbed an "art entrepreneur," Brian Donnelly, a.k.a. KAWS, has created an industry around his troupe of animated characters.
KAWS in Artlog
Artlog, in partnership with Société Perrier, has the guide to the best of the fall gallery season in neighborhoods across Los Angeles. You'll find background information on the shows and recommendations for the city's top museum exhibitions, fall events, and places to eat and drink along the way. This is the second in an ongoing series of fall guides.
This fall, LA is making its case as a first-class art world hub, and our guide includes dozens of shows like Robert Therrien at Gagosian, Andrea Zittel at Regen Projects, KAWS at Honor Fraser Gallery, Richard Jackson at David Kordansky, Robert Irwin at L&M, and José Parla at Oh Wow. On October 1st, the Getty launches Pacific Standard Time, one of the most ambitious museum initiatives we've seen in years. Sixty institutions across Southern California will celebrate every major LA art movement from 1945-80. The art fairs have followed suit and on September 30th will launch a major fair weekend in LA, led by PULSE LA and the MMPI/Armory Fair's Art Platform LA. Artlog and Grey Area also join the movement westward with a pop-up shop alongside PULSE at LA Live.
KAWS in the Warholian
By Keisha Raines
The road from graffiti to commercial success is not an easy route, street artists don't always receive the respct and recognition the deserve. However, KAWS not only deserves it, his work commands it.
New York based, KAWS became infamous by subverting imagery on billboards, bus shelters and phone booth advertisements. Instead of treating the add space as a blank canvas, KAWS would incorporate the imagery into his own message. Seizing commercial messages and altering it to reflect his own is now a staple in KAWS' work. His role in street art earned him a spot in MOCA's Art in the Streets.
KAWS in Hi Fructose
This past weekend saw the highly anticipated new show, 'Hold the Line' by street artist and media darling KAWS at Honor Fraser in Los Angeles. Featuring a diverse range of small to large paintings and sculpture, 'Hold the Line' presents a vividly bright cartoon world of animation and X's...
KAWS in Flavorwire
By Paul Laster
A graffiti artist, painter, illustrator, sculptor, toymaker, and product designer, Brian Donnelly, aka KAWS, made his name altering public advertisements with X-eyed, skull-and-crossboned, spermazoidal characters, before turning his talents to editorial collaborations, collectible toy figures, design objects, and colorful canvases.
KAWS in ArtInfo
What project are you working on now?
I'm in L.A. installing an exhibition at Honor Fraser gallery titled "Hold the Line."
Read more: http://www.artinfo.com/news/story/38577/26-questions-for-steet-artist-kaws/
KAWS in Hypebeast
By Eugene Kan
KAWS's second solo exhibition took to Los Angeles's Honor Fraser encompassing both paintings and sculptures. Opening on Saturday night, the format saw a large number of circular tondo paintings become a central theme to the exhibition.
KAWS in Arrested Motion
By Carlos Gonzalez
Just several hours ago, the Honor Fraser gallery finally unveiled the latest works by New York-based artist KAWS. This show, Hold The Line, marks his second return to the gallery (see 2009) and the artwork on display was more than enough to warrant the attention and interest this show had been garnering ever since it was first announced.
KAWS and Erik Parker in Complex
by Justin Korkidis
September 9, 2011
In honor of KAWS' upcoming Hold The Line exhibition at Honor Fraser, we take a look back at KAWS' prolific career by revisiting his works and by speaking to friend and collaborator, Erik Parker.
Kaws in ArtInfo
Kaws and Robert Lazzarini in The Book of Skulls
Laurence King in September 2011 features more than
150 examples of the use of skulls in contemporary culture;these include skulls from fine art, design, music and fashion. The book brings together iconic and original work from some of skull cultures most inspirational artists, designers and illustrators including Wes Lang, KAWS, Shepard Fairey, Chaz, Boroquez, Mirko Ilic, Ian Wright, French, Savage Pencil, Noah Scalin, Alastair Mackie, Nicola Bolla, Amy Sarkisan, Stephen Thompson, Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, and Mouse + Kelley.
KAWS and Erik Parker in New York CBS Local News
The Paul Kasmin Gallery hosts "Pretty on the Inside," a one-of-a-kind group exhibition that features seven amazing artists – Todd James, Tony Matelli, Peter Saul, Karl Wirsum, KAWS, Erik Parker, and Joyce Pensato. Many of the artists included in this project make ironic or subversive works, hijacking the language of cartoons and comics to both celebrate and criticize contemporary culture. Come check it out for yourself! Gallery is open until 6 p.m.
Erik Parker and KAWS in Whitewall
KAWS and Erik Parker at Paul Kasmin Gallery
Erik Parker and KAWS in Artnet
KAWS in Dazed Digital Magazine
Brian Donnelly aka KAWS has been a recognisable part of the New York art scene since the 1990s. His early painting work blurred the lines between graffiti, fine art, branding and commerce, affording him a global platform of collaborators with which to expand his mark commercially and artistically.
KAWS on Artnet
by Rachel Corbett
June 11, 2011
Brian Donnelly, the global art-and-fashion sensation better known as KAWS, is represented by Galerie Perrotin in Paris and shows with Honor Fraser in Los Angeles, but hasn't had a New York gallery show since his 2008 debut at Gering & López.
KAWS at The Standard, NY
KAWS in The New York Times Magazine
By Kathryn Branch
June 7, 2011
In the back of Brian Donnelly's studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, behind three wheeled, wooden work tables and neatly organized racks containing bottles of brightly colored acrylic paint, past an array of painted canvases in different shapes and sizes, hides a four-foot-tall sculpture of Mickey Mouse. Mickey has seen better days, apparently. He's gray. And his eyes are x-ed out, as if he just drank from a bottle labeled "Poison."
Kenny Scharf: Art in the Streets Draws a Traffic Jam of Fans
Kenny Scharf and KAWS at MOCA
The Museum of Contemporary Art presents Art in the Streets, the first major U.S. museum exhibition of the history of graffiti and street art. The exhibition will trace the development of graffiti and street art from the 1970s to the global movement it has become today, concentrating on key cities where a unique visual language or attitude has evolved.
It Ain't Fair 2010 at OHWOW
December 2 - December 5, 2010
Exhibition design by Rafael de Cárdenas
81 NE 40 Street / Miami Design District / FL / 33137
It Ain't Fair is the third edition of OHWOW's annual group exhibition, presented to coincide with Art Basel Miami Beach. Offering an alternative to the overwhelming mazes of art fair booths, It Ain't Fair will highlight a cogent selection of leading-edge art. From painting to performance, sculpture to sound, the exhibition delivers a comprehensive survey of emerging and established artists' most recent work. In addition, the exhibition will present special projects and programming, such as site-specific installations and video screenings. It Ain't Fair is exactly that – not a fair, but a multimedia production, providing a critical scope of contemporary art innovation.
KAWS Book Signing
KAWS is the first comprehensive survey of the artist's body of work and a vibrant look at the celebrated artist and designer we all know as KAWS. This volume accompanies the presentation by the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum of the artist's first solo museum exhibition. Both the exhibition and the publication have been conceived as a collaboration with the artist.
Alexandra Grant and KAWS in Angel Art Auction
Thursday, November 18th, 2010/
7:00PM Cocktails & Viewing/
8:00PM Live Auction
Creative Artists Agency/
2000 Avenue of the Stars/
On view November 8th-18th
Works by artists Alexandra Grant and KAWS will be up for auction next week. Visit for more information.
KAWS in SugiPOP!
October 13 - January 16, 2010
Anime, manga, comics, and the contemporary art inspired by them are Sugi — Japanese for "too much". This multi-media exhibition includes painting, drawing, sculpture, video, and original artwork used to make anime films and manga comics. SugiPOP! follows the origins and development of anime and manga style from the master Japanese printmakers of the 19th century Katsushika Hokusai and Utagawa Kuniyoshi, to todays innovators led by Takashi Murakami. Artists like Linkin Parks Mike Shinoda integrate influences from anime and manga, graffiti street art, and consumer culture to create the newest phenomenon this exhibition dubs: SugiPOP!.
KAWS, Robert Lazzarini and Kenny Scharf in STICKERS: From Punk Rock to Contemporary Art
Tobey Maguire interviews KAWS in the May 2010 issue of Interview
The Williamsburg studio of the artist known as KAWS is neatly lined with racks of acrylic-paint bottles in primary colors and guarded by a cluster of standing toy collectibles—life-size 3-D comic book characters of his own design—like a platoon of robot children. By the window, there is a small-scale model of the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, in Connecticut. KAWS, an unassuming, soft-spoken 35-year-old New Jersey native named Brian Donnelly, is plotting his first solo museum show at the Aldrich next month. It will serve as the unofficial grand induction to the institutionalized art world for the graffiti artist, painter, illustrator, sculptor, toymaker, and product designer. Yet KAWS has a long history outside of the white cube. His street-born cartoonish graphics—specifically spermatozoa-shaped figures with x-ed out eyes—have achieved a subcultural iconography. He has applied this KAWS signature to his street art, a clothing line, heroically outsize toys and sculptures, and countless cobranding ventures with labels like A Bathing Ape and Marc Jacobs...
KAWS at Galeria Javier Lopez
The largest work in the show, "Dead Wrong", builds upon the rectilinear sections of the other works, yet combines both characters. Here, space becomes disjointed, conveying a stronger sense of collaged imagery. The fragmentation suggests a recombining and reconfiguration of separate paintings into an overall visual assault. A diminutive set of Kawsbob's hands seem to pull the fabric of the canvas itself to cover his eyes from something imminent. The graphic Chum looms ominously in the background, rendered flat yet threatening.
The show runs through April 7th.
KAWS at the Torrance Art Museum
Tomoo Gokita, KAWS, and Erik Parker featured in STAGES at Art Basel Miami Beach
KAWS on Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood
The New Yorkers