Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2008
Takashi Murakami, ‘KAWS’, Interview, March 2012, pp. 120-21, illustrated in colour
In KAWS’ cartoon portraits, the innocuous is reimagined with a darker undercurrent. Indeed, as in the present work, the eyes of his characters are frequently crossed out with pronounced ‘X’s’ – the hallmark of KAWS’ practice. This becomes suggestive, perhaps, of the brain-numbing dangers of too much television, in which the same quick flashes of images, posters, cartoons and adverts are seen abundantly, AGAIN AND AGAIN. In his compelling, vivacious and powerful depictions, KAWS engages with his viewers, urging them to reflect upon the world they live in. As Michael Auping attests, “KAWS is not just referring to pop culture, he is making it” (Michael Auping, ‘America’s Cartoon Mind’ in: Exh. Cat., Fort Worth, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Where the End Starts, 2017, p. 63).
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