135
135
KAWS
UNTITLED (BLACK & WHITE)
Estimate
450,000650,000
LOT SOLD. 625,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT
135
KAWS
UNTITLED (BLACK & WHITE)
Estimate
450,000650,000
LOT SOLD. 625,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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KAWS
B. 1974
UNTITLED (BLACK & WHITE)
signed and dated 15 on the reverse
acrylic on canvas
89.2 by 58.4 cm; 35⅛ by 23 in.
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Provenance

Private Collection, USA

Catalogue Note

Untitled (Black & White) (Lot 135) presents one of KAWS most-loved motifs – Charles Schulz’s iconic Peanuts character Snoopy revamped with KAWS’ instantly recognizable XX eyes, abstracted with the artist’s jittery, scribbled style and rendered in a white-on-black aesthetic. In 1995, still in his graffiti artist days, KAWS tagged a billboard for MetLife insurance that included the Peanuts characters Snoopy and Woodstock; since then the artist has collaborated with the Peanuts license multiple times to much popular appeal. The composition of the present work is cropped, heightening the level of abstraction and placing KAWS’ minimalistic yet frenzied contours at the forefront, inviting the universally adored character into the realm of abstract monochrome painting.

KAWS was recently honoured by amfAR at its fourth annual amfAR Gala Hong Kong 2018. His selected recent solo exhibitions include ‘WHERE THE END STARTS’ at the Yuz Museum, Shanghai (2017) and Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth (2016); ‘KAWS’ at Yorkshire Sculptural Park, West Yorkshire, UK (2016); ‘ALONG THE WAY’ at the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York (2015); ‘FINAL DAYS’ at Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Málaga, Spain (2014). The artist’s works have been collected by public collections such as Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth in Fort Worth, Brooklyn Museum in Brooklyn, Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Overland Park, High Museum in Atlanta, Zabludowicz Collection in London, and Rosenblum Collection in Paris.

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