KAWS, ‘Tokyo First mini poster’, 2001, EHC Fine Art: Essential Editions IV
KAWS, ‘Tokyo First mini poster’, 2001, EHC Fine Art: Essential Editions IV

A relic from the early days of streetwear culture in 2001, this mini poster features a photograph by reknown photographer David Sims reworked by KAWS in his interventionist style. A Kimpsons Krusty the Clown is in the background while a KAWS Bendy wraps itself around the model. On the reverse is information about KAWS's exhibition at Parco Gallery in Tokyo. Sponsors include Supreme and A Bathing Ape, at the time cult brands that have now become fashion and culture powerhouses.
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Publisher: Parco Gallery

About KAWS

“KAWS” is a graffiti artist, illustrator, painter, sculptor, product designer, and toymaker. His cartoonish style—including his best-known characters with X-ed out eyes—has its roots in his early career as a street artist, when he began replacing advertisements with his own, masterful acrylic paintings in the early 1990s. Since, KAWS has embraced the commercialist spirit of Claes Oldenburg and Takashi Murakami, designing everything from Kanye West album covers to Nike sneakers. Avoiding the distinction between products and art objects, KAWS has shown his work increasingly in galleries and museums over the past decade; some of his most famous images are reimagined versions of pop characters like Mickey Mouse and the Michelin Man.

American, b. 1974, Jersey City, New Jersey, based in Brooklyn, New York