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Kaws: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness

Art NGV International , Southbank Friday September 20 2019 - Sunday March 1 2020
 (KAWS, 'CLEAN SLATE' (foreground) 2015, 'SURVIVAL MACHINE' (background) 2015, Photograph: Jonty Wilde)
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KAWS, 'CLEAN SLATE' (foreground) 2015, 'SURVIVAL MACHINE' (background) 2015, Photograph: Jonty Wilde
 (KAWS, 'PINOCCHIO & JIMINY-CRICKET' 2010)
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KAWS, 'PINOCCHIO & JIMINY-CRICKET' 2010
 (KAWS, 'CHUM (KCA6)' 2012, Photograph: Matt Hawthorne)
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KAWS, 'CHUM (KCA6)' 2012, Photograph: Matt Hawthorne
 (KAWS, 'UNTITLED (KIMPSONS #2)' 2004 )
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KAWS, 'UNTITLED (KIMPSONS #2)' 2004
 (KAWS, 'ALONG THE WAY' 2013, Photograph: Jonty Wilde)
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KAWS, 'ALONG THE WAY' 2013, Photograph: Jonty Wilde
 (KAWS, 'ACCOMPLICE' 2010 )
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KAWS, 'ACCOMPLICE' 2010

The New York artist's much-loved characters are taking over the NGV for summer

Even if you don't know his name, you're almost certainly familiar with Brian Donnelly's (aka Kaws) larger-than-life sculptures and paintings. Kaws take icons from cartoons and pop culture and reimagines them in vulnerable and unexpected situations. His signature? Their hands are marked with sharp crosses.

For several decades, Kaws has been one of the world's most prolific contemporary artists and his work is equally in demand with major modern art galleries as it is with brands and pop artists. He's collaborated with MTV (and redesigned their Moonman in his signature style), Nike and Uniqlo, designed album covers for Kanye West and Towa Tei, and crashed New York's Museum of Modern Art's website when they sold a limited edition Kaws action figure.

This new exhibition at the NGV (which is running at the same time as the gallery's Basquiat and Haring blockbuster) features paintings, sculptures, graphic design and product design, covering the full spectrum of his creative output. Central to the exhibition is a monumental sculpture, which is his largest work in bronze so far.

And which characters should you expect to see? Well, definitely his take on Mickey Mouse, probably The Simpsons (or 'Kimpsons' in the world of Kaws) and maybe even Spongebob.

Venue name: NGV International
Contact:
Address: 180 St Kilda Rd
Melbourne
3006
Opening hours: Daily 10am-5pm
Transport: Nearby stations: Flinders Street
Price: $0-$20
Event website: https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/exhibition/kaws/
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