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Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

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A major survey of KAWS and his eye-popping work ranging collectible art toys to UNIQLO T-shirts and from grafitti to museum exhibitions

"For me it's about cross-pollinating, it's that chance to bring kids who follow me into museums. When I was a kid my first introduction to art came through graffiti, skateboarding and the Pop Shop," KAWS recalls. "I remember the way Keith Haring's art made me feel comfortable walking into a gallery or a museum. I just want to make stuff that no one is ever too stupid to get."
--KAWS, quoted by Carlo McCormick in Paper Magazine

  

MODERN ART MUSEUM OF FORT WORTH

KAWS: Where the End Starts

Edited with text by Andrea Karnes. Preface by Marla Price. Text by Michael Auping, Dieter Buchhart. Interview by Pharrell Williams.

Featured image is reproduced from <I>KAWS: Where the End Starts</I>.

A major survey of KAWS and his eye-popping work, from collectible art toys to UNIQLO T-shirts, from grafitti to museum exhibitions

Appropriating characters, images and effects from pop culture, the work of KAWS blurs the lines between high and low art, and between art and fashion. Deploying film and television favorites for his toys, large-scale sculpture and bold, nearly abstract painting, KAWS recasts the familiar colors and forms of popular entertainment in cheeky and often poignantly human terms. Influenced by Andy Warhol and other Pop artists, hard-edge abstract painting and graffiti, KAWS’ work deftly straddles consumer culture and artistic innovation, and his distinctive style is as much at home in his toys as in his monumental sculpture.

KAWS: Where the End Starts explores the artist’s prolific career in depth, featuring key paintings, sculptures, drawings, toys, and fashion and advertising designs. This extensive monograph, including contributions from Andrea Karnes, Michael Auping, Dieter Buchhart and Pharrell Williams, reveals critical aspects of KAWS’ formal and conceptual development over the past 20 years, as his career has shifted from graffiti to fine art and collaborations with designers and brands such as Comme des Garçons, SUPREME, Nigo (A Bathing Ape) and Nike.

Published in a hardcover edition with more than 150 color reproductions by the Museum of Modern Art, Fort Worth in conjunction with the major 2016 Fall exhibition on KAWS.


Brooklyn-based KAWS (born in 1974) is widely considered one of the most relevant artists of his generation. Within the Pop art tradition, he has created a prolific body of influential work, which both engages young people with contemporary art and straddles the worlds of art and design to include both product and graphic design, paintings, murals and sculpture.


Marla Price is Director of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

Michael Auping is Chief Curator at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas, and the author of books on abstract expressionism, Clyfford Still, and Arshile Gorky.

Featured image is reproduced from KAWS: Where the End Starts.

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

Juxtapoz

Best known for his cast of characters with X's for eyes and skulls and crossbones for heads, NYC-based artist came a long way from his humble beginnings as a graffiti kid from Jersey and this showcase covers every step of it.

The Hundreds

Shayna Batya

It’s safe to say that anyone can to relate to the work of Kaws. Whether it’s the recognizable figures from childhood cartoons or the emotional connection to one of his many characters, Brian Donnelly’s work speaks beyond pop culture.

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Christopher Blay

The enormous appeal of Brooklyn-based artist Brian Donnelly, a.k.a. KAWS, can be seen as a consequence of an artist who straddles the worlds of both art and design, particularly in the post-Warhol/Keith Herring generation.

KAWS: Where the End Starts

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Temporarily out of stock pending additional inventory.

FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 8/24/2017

KAWS: transgressing the borders between art and society

KAWS: transgressing the borders between art and society

“KAWSBOB 3” (2007) is reproduced from KAWS: Where the End Starts, published to accompany MAM Fort Worth's recent exhibition. An impressive piece of bookmaking with three-piece binding of cloth, faux leather and paper over board, impeccable reproductions and illuminating texts, this volume sold out upon release when it first came out. We are delighted to have a new shipment in stock for the fall season. “KAWS consciously chooses the material quality of plastic and the visual language of cartoons,” Dieter Buchhart writes. “He uses their media omnipresence as a tool to transgress the borders between art and society and to penetrate various social realms … evoking deep emotions and moments of violence …” continue to blog


FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 8/23/2017

Michael Auping on cartoons, abstraction and KAWS

Michael Auping on cartoons, abstraction and KAWS

“Looking at KAWS’s paintings is to witness someone who very naturally approaches cartoons and abstraction as symbiotic languages of visual tropes,” former MAM Fort Worth curator Michael Auping writes in KAWS: Where the End Starts. “This is not a simple mixing of the cartoon figure with the abstract, but a blurring of the two, bringing to light the abstract nature of cartoons, as well as the figural possibilities of abstraction. His approach to painting echoes his early working relationship to cartoons, when he sat in front of a monitor for hours studying animation sequences and manipulating them to make figurative as well as abstract sense. Because of this blurring, it’s not always easy to read these paintings." Featured image is Glass Smile (2012). continue to blog


FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 8/22/2017

'KAWS: Where the End Starts' available at last!

'KAWS: Where the End Starts' available at last!

Featured image, of Pharrell Williams with KAWS’s “BFF PLUSH” in 2016, is reproduced from KAWS: Where the End Starts, back in stock at last. In a published conversation, Williams states, “One of the reasons I like your work is that you pick the right subjects and you pick the right characters. It has to be something people are familiar with in order for you to give it the “twist.” To me, the genius in your art is your willingness to twist things." KAWS responds, “A lot of the stuff I choose is just really personal. It’s things I’ve grown up on or have been introduced to that I’ve taken a liking to . . . I do start with familiar things, and that’s primarily to make the work more approachable for people—it’s an entry point.” continue to blog


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