KAWS, ‘Untitled (BB2)’, 2000, Phillips

From the Catalogue:
Painted in 2000, Untitled (BB2) is part of Katayama’s extensive collection of fine art by KAWS, which includes sculptures, editioned works and numerous other paintings. The artist’s signature style involves the reworking of many familiar icons often with X-covered eyes, such as Mickey Mouse, SpongeBob SquarePants and the Michelin Man, who is closely cropped yet still recognizable in the present work. The sinister motif of the X adopted by KAWS allows each of his cartoon characters to undergo a sardonic mutation, clearly evident here. Deftly operating at the intersection of street art and commercialism with a decidedly Pop sensibility, KAWS’ body of work has become titanic in its own right.
Courtesy of Phillips

Signature: signed, titled and dated "KAWS..BB2 2000" on the reverse

Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, The Encyclopedia of Masamichi Katayama "Life is hard... Let's go shopping.", April 8 - June 25, 2017, cat. no. 105, p. 96 (illustrated)

Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner

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

Exhibition Highlights

2016
Wakefield, West Yorkshire,
2015
Masters Projects, 
Brooklyn,