KAWS, a.k.a Brian Donnelly, one of the most iconic artists of our generation, is bringing his unique work to Australia for the first time. KAWS: Companionship In The Age Of Loneliness will be showcased at Melbourne’s prestigious NGV, and promises to be a comprehensive curation of 25 years of KAWS’s works, full of humour, hope and humanity, celebrating his ability to connect with broad audiences.

The exhibit will feature more than 100 pieces of works, including iconic paintings reappropriating pop-culture figures to his more recent large-scale abstract works, and an impressive collection of his celebrated sculptural figures.

To celebrate KAWS’s exhibition, he will be creating the largest bronze KAWS in the NGV’s Federation Court. While he’s iconic structures appear playful due to their toy-like shapes, when you take a closer look, they reveal a fragility and darkness in the vulnerable poses of the characters.

KAWS SEEING 2018 Bronze, paint 75.5 x 29.5 x 39.75 inches 191.8 x 74.9 x 101 cm Edition of 10, with 2A

‘Unrestricted by conventional contemporary artistic boundaries, KAWS’s multidisciplinary and evolving practice across contexts and in collaborative ways, is representative of today’s society and the need to connect. He continues to engage new audiences through a common language of vibrant visuals and pop cultural references and characters’ said Tony Ellwood AM, Director, NGV.

Accompanying the main exhibition, KAWS: Playtime is a dedicated playful kids exhibition that KAWS has created, introducing promising young artists of today to his creative approach and artistic methods of integrating pop culture into his work.

KAWS: Companionship In The Age Of Loneliness will be on display from September 2019 – April 2020 at NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, Australia. Tickets and information are available from the NGV website NGV.MELBOURNE.

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