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Alpha 137 Gallery Gallery Auction

Note that the header image is an illustrated page from inside the book, and the actual cover is included as an additional photograph with this lot. Limited Edition: 2000. This uncommon vintage [1999] early KAWS limited edition softcover book with stiff wraps and French folded flaps is a rare early monograph on KAWS …

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Published by Colette and printed by La Publigraphie, Paris, France
KAWS
American, b. 1974

KAWS is a multi-faceted artist straddling the worlds of art and design in his prolific body of work that ranges from paintings, murals, and large-scale sculptures to product design and toy-making. His iconic “XX” signature has its roots in the beginning of his career as a street artist in the 1990s, when he began altering found advertisements by incorporating his own masterful paintings. Evoking the sensibilities of Pop artists like Andy Warhol and Claes Oldenburg, KAWS possesses a sophisticated humor and thoughtful interplay with consumer products and collaborations with global brands. He often draws inspiration and appropriates from popular culture animations to form a unique artistic vocabulary and influential cast of hybrid cartoon and human characters.

High auction record
HK$116.0m, Sotheby's, 2019
Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Selected exhibitions
2018
Sunday MorningGalerist
2016
KAWSYorkshire Sculpture Park
KAWS: WHERE THE END STARTSModern Art Museum of Fort Worth
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KAWS
American, b. 1974

Exposed, 1999

Vintage Limited Edition Illustrated Book
8 4/5 × 6 1/5 in
22.4 × 15.7 cm
Edition of 2000
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Alpha 137 Gallery Gallery Auction

Note that the header image is an illustrated page from inside the book, and the actual cover is …

Medium
Publisher
Published by Colette and printed by La Publigraphie, Paris, France
KAWS
American, b. 1974

KAWS is a multi-faceted artist straddling the worlds of art and design in his prolific body of work that ranges from paintings, murals, and large-scale sculptures to product design and toy-making. His iconic “XX” signature has its roots in the beginning of his career as a street artist in the 1990s, when he began altering found advertisements by incorporating his own masterful paintings. Evoking the sensibilities of Pop artists like Andy Warhol and Claes Oldenburg, KAWS possesses a sophisticated humor and thoughtful interplay with consumer products and collaborations with global brands. He often draws inspiration and appropriates from popular culture animations to form a unique artistic vocabulary and influential cast of hybrid cartoon and human characters.

High auction record
HK$116.0m, Sotheby's, 2019
Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Selected exhibitions (3)
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