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The kaws album
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About the object

Signed, titled and dated 05 on the reverse\nCommissioned by NIGO® in 2005, THE KAWS ALBUM is an appropriation of an appropriation KAWSs take on The Simpsons The Yellow Album, which was itself a parody of The Beatles 1967 album Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band. In this historical family portrait, KAWS includes the whole host of his Kimpsons characters with their trademark sprouting puffy crossbones and Xed eyes. In addition to these signature mutated characters, the portrait also features KAWSs emblematic COMPANION memorialized in the form of a seated miniature figurine on the lower left. Released in 1967, The Beatles era-defining Sgt. Pepper album was lauded by critics for its bridging of popular music, high art and contemporary counterculture. THE KAWS ALBUM follows in its legendary footsteps in its bold straddling and uniting of genres, cultures and subcultures. Exemplifying KAWSs formal agility as an artist, the piece is the most accomplished work on canvas the KAWS ever created. The rich and complex composition demonstrates the epitome of KAWSs subversive wit, prescient vision and affectionate irreverence for our times, manifesting as an iconic apotheosis of KAWSs entire artistic and cultural lexicon.
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medium

Acrylic on canvas

creator

Kaws

condition

This work is in excellent condition. Two pinpoint brown spots are visible only upon close examination (11cm from the top edge; 2cm and 1cm from the right edge). No evidence of retouching under ultraviolet light. Framed. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

dimensions

101.6 by 101.6 cm; 40 by 40 in.

exhibition

Fort Worth, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Where the End Starts, 20 October 2016 - 22 January 2017, p.6 (illustrated in colour). This exhibition later travelled to Shanghai, Yuz Musuem, 28 March - 31 July 2017.

literature

Monica Ramirez-Montagut, KAWS: 1993 - 2010, Skira Rizzoli, New York, 2010, p. 23, 208 (illustrated; illustrated in colour)

artist_range_end

1974

artist_range_start

1974

creator_nationality_dates

B. 1974


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*Note that the price is not recalculated to the current value, but refers to the actual final price at the time the product was sold.


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