464
464

PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, LONDON

KAWS
I. SMALL K LANDSCAPE; II. SMALL B LANDSCAPE; III. SMALL M LANDSCAPE; IV. SMALL H LANDSCAPE [FOUR WORKS]
Estimate
200,000300,000
LOT SOLD. 396,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT
464

PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, LONDON

KAWS
I. SMALL K LANDSCAPE; II. SMALL B LANDSCAPE; III. SMALL M LANDSCAPE; IV. SMALL H LANDSCAPE [FOUR WORKS]
Estimate
200,000300,000
LOT SOLD. 396,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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KAWS
B. 1974
I. SMALL K LANDSCAPE; II. SMALL B LANDSCAPE; III. SMALL M LANDSCAPE; IV. SMALL H LANDSCAPE [FOUR WORKS]
each signed, titled and dated 2001 on the reverse
acrylic on canvas
each: 48 1/4 by 48 1/4 in. 122.5 by 122.5 cm.
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Provenance

Gering & Lopez Gallery, New York
Private Collection, Italy
Private Collection, London

Exhibited

Ridgefield, Connecticut, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, KAWS, June 2010 - January 2011

Literature

KAWS, KAWS ONE, Tokyo 2001, n.p., illustrated in color
Monica Ramirez-Montagut, KAWS 1993-2010, New York 2010, p. 15, illustrated

Catalogue Note

KAWS: Do you know that series of package paintings that I did? That was because I saw that these guys in Japan were collecting toys. I had friends that were spending $3,000 on a Star Wars prototype figure. They weren’t collecting art, they were collecting toys. So I did those package paintings where I mass-produced the packaging around the painting, but the painting itself was done individually. That was my way of bridging the gap between those two worlds. Because I realized that these guys are absolute connoisseurs of the stuff they collect. They can look at a toy and say, “Oh, this is a ’76. It came out in three versions.” It occurred to me that that kind of obsessive collecting isn’t any different than art.

TOBEY MAGUIRE: How many package paintings did you do the first time around?

KAWS: About 40. Before that I really was just painting over ads. But then when Nigo started giving me commissions, I started doing really different large-scale paintings—like the Kimpsons series.

TOBEY MAGUIRE: Yes, the Kimpsons. And what do you call the other characters?

KAWS: The Kurfs. Which is Smurfs. I like The Simpsons because they are such an instant read. You could be in a different country and go, “D’oh!” and everybody would know exactly what you’re talking about. I thought that was amazing. It’s also such an American cartoon.

The artist in conversation with Toby Maguire in, "KAWS," Interview, 10 May 2010

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