Open-air KaWS SculptureS tO remain at YOrKShire Sculpture parK Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) is pleased to announce that six sculptures by the renowned American artist KAWS will remain on display until December 2016 giving visitors to the Park a further six months to enjoy the monumental works in the open air.
Following the success of the artist’s first UK museum exhibition in YSP’s Longside Gallery and the open air, the six sculptures – SMALL LIE (2013), GOOD INTENTIONS (2015), AT THIS TIME (2013), BETTER KNOWING (2013), FINAL DAYS (2013) and ALONG THE WAY (2013) – will continue to be seen in the Lower Park, beyond the exhibition’s official end date of 12 June 2016.
Outdoors, with their outsize and monumental proportions, KAWS’s sculptures bring to mind dystopian cartoon characters; recognisable personalities from childhood who appear to have lost their innocence. Against the Park’s tree line, the group of six works in natural and black-stained wood, measuring between three and 10 metres in height, are simultaneously spectacular and plaintive. Once bright, iconic characters are rendered in disheartened, world-weary poses; imposing yet full of pathos, they point to an array of psychological narratives, suggesting compassion, surprise and despair.
Brooklyn-based KAWS is considered one of the most relevant artists of his time. His influential work engages people across the generations with contemporary art and especially opens popular culture to young and diverse audiences.
Exclusive KAWS merchandise and limited edition prints are available to buy from YSP Shop, in store or online at ysp.co.uk/shop
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aBOut KaWS KAWS was born in Jersey City, New Jersey and received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York. He lives and works in Brooklyn. Solo exhibitions include Brooklyn Museum, New York; CAC Malaga, Spain; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia; The Modern Museum of Fort Worth, Texas; Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Connecticut; Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles; Galerie Perrotin, Hong Kong, New York, and Paris; and Mary Boone Gallery, New York. A survey exhibition of his work opens at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas in the autumn of 2016. His work has been shown in the public realm, including ARTZUID outside the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; Frieze Sculpture Park, London; and Hong Kong’s Harbour City. He has collaborated with international brands including Uniqlo, Comme des Garcons, Nike, Lucas Films, and MTV, for whom he created a huge inflatable version of the iconic Moonman for the 2013 Video Music Awards. He has made cover artwork for the October 2015 W Magazine Art Issue (with Drake) and for Kanye West’s 2008 album, 808’s and Heartbreak. In addition to clothing and other items, he has made limited edition vinyl toys since the late 1990s, including with Japanese company Medicom Toy and his own company OriginalFake.
YOrKShire Sculpture parK Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) is the leading international centre for modern and contemporary sculpture. It is an independent charitable trust and registered museum (number 1067908) situated in the 500-acre, 18thcentury Bretton Hall estate in West Yorkshire. Founded in 1977 by Executive Director Peter Murray, YSP was the first sculpture park in the UK, and is the largest of its kind in Europe, providing the only place in Europe to see Barbara Hepworth’s The Family of Man in its entirety alongside a significant collection of sculpture, including bronzes by Henry Moore, and site-specific works by Andy Goldsworthy, David Nash and James Turrell.
YSP also mounts a world-class, year-round temporary exhibitions programme including some of the world’s leading artists across five indoor galleries and the open air. Recent highlights include exhibitions by Bill Viola, Anthony Caro, Fiona Banner, Ai Weiwei, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Amar Kanwar, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Joan Miró and Jaume Plensa. More than 80 works on display across the estate include major sculptures by Ai Weiwei, Roger Hiorns, Sol LeWitt, Joan Miró, Dennis Oppenheim and Magdalena Abakanowicz.
YSP’s core work is made possible by investment from Arts Council England, Wakefield Council, Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation and Sakurako and William Fisher through the Sakana Foundation. YSP was named Art Fund Museum of the Year in 2014.
preSS enquirieS: Abigail Varian, SUTTON: +44 (0)20 7183 3577 / [email protected] Nina Rogers, Yorkshire Sculpture Park: +44 (0)1924 832 633 [email protected] Download images at ysp.co.uk/KAWSpress