We are excited to be heading to Tokyo this week to check out the opening of the first of two KAWS exhibitions at Perrotin's spaces in both Tokyo and Hong Kong. With the Hong Kong show coinciding with Art Basel Hong Kong, and the Tokyo show being a return to a city and country where KAWS fortified his legacy in the early 2000s, the two-venue show will see the NYC-based artist's continued exploration of abstraction and color with slight nods to his famed figurative and pop-culture works of his past. Stay tuned for our coverage from Tokyo! KAWS was last on the cover of Juxtapoz in May 2016.
From the gallery: Perrotin is proud to announce simultaneous exhibitions in its Tokyo and Hong Kong galleries by the multifaceted American artist KAWS. Both shows represent a homecoming of sorts for KAWS, who fortified his creative career in Tokyo in the early-2000s and was the first artist to exhibit in the gallery’s Hong Kong space in 2012.
Considered one of the most relevant artists of his generation, KAWS engages audiences beyond the museums and galleries in which he regularly exhibits. His prolific body of influential work straddles the worlds of art and design to include paintings, murals, large-scale sculptures, street art, and graphic and product design. Over the last two decades KAWS has built a successful career with work that consistently shows his formal agility as an artist, as well as his underlying wit, irreverence, and affection for our times. He often draws inspiration and appropriates from pop culture animations to form a unique artistic vocabulary for his works across various mediums.
Now admired for his larger-than-life sculptures and hardedge paintings that emphasize line and color, KAWS’ cast of hybrid cartoon and human characters are perhaps the strongest examples of his exploration of humanity. His refined graphic language revitalizes figuration with big, bold gestures and keen, playful intricacy. As seen in his collaborations with global brands, KAWS’ imagery possesses a sophisticated humor and reveals a thoughtful interplay with consumer products. Highly sought-after by collectors inside and outside of the art world, KAWS’ artworks, with their broad appeal, establish him as a uniquely prominent artist in today’s culture.
Opening Thursday March 22, 5-7pm
March 22 – May 12
Opening Monday March 26, 11am- 8pm
March 26 – May 19