KAWS

Biography

Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, 1974.


EDUCATION
School of Visual Arts, NYC, NY, B.F.A., 1996.


Lives in Brooklyn, New York.


SELECTED SOLO SHOWS

2017
Contemporary Art Museum, Saint Louis, Missouri. KAWS: FAR FAR DOWN.
Yuz Museum, Shanghai, China.

2016
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Texas. KAWS: WHERE THE END STARTS.
More Gallery, Giswil, Switzerland. KAWS: GISWIL
Galerie Perrotin, Seoul, Korea.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Longside Gallery, Wakefield, England.   

2015

Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York. KAWS: "ALONG THE WAY"

2014
Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, California. KAWS: MAN’S BEST FRIEND.
Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, Málaga, Spain. Final Days.
Galeria Javier Lopez, Madrid, Spain. KAWS: Play Your Part.

2013
Mary Boone Gallery, NYC, NY.
Galerie Perrotin, NYC, NY.
Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, Kansas.
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. KAWS@PAFA.
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Sculpture Plinth Exhibition Program: KAWS.
More Gallery, Giswil, Switzerland. GISWIL.
Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo, Japan. Ohhh….

2012
Galerie Perrotin, Paris, France. Imaginary Friends.
Galerie Perrotin, Hong Kong, China. The Nature of Need.
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia. KAWS: Down Time.

2011
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia. KAWS: Companion (Passing Through).
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Texas. Focus: KAWS.
Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, California. Hold the Line.
The Standard, NYC, NY. Passing Through.
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut. Passing Through.

2010
Harbour City, Hong Kong, China. Passing Through.
Galerie Perrotin, Paris, France. Pay the Debt to Nature.
The Standard, NYC, NY. Companion (Passing Through).
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut. Companion (Passing Through).
Galería Javier López, Madrid, Spain.

2009
Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, California. The Long Way Home.

2008
Gering & López Gallery, NYC, NY.
Galerie Perrotin, Miami, Florida. Saturated.

2003
BAPE Gallery, Tokyo, Japan. Original Fake.

2002
Elms Lesters Painting Room, London, England. #@!*$: Recent Works.
MU Art Foundation, Eindhoven, Netherlands. C9.

2001
Parco Gallery, Tokyo, Japan. Tokyo First.

1999
Colette, Paris, France.


SELECTED GROUP SHOWS

2015
Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow, Russia. Mutated Reality
Newcomb Art Museum, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana. A Shared Space: KAWS, Karl Wirsum, and Tomoo Gokita.  
Amsterdam, The Netherlands. ArtZuid 2015.

2014
Bill Brady/KC, Kansas City, Missouri. ’OK, I’ll rename it’: Tomoo Gokita, Todd James, KAWS, Erik Parker.
Zürcher Studio, NYC, NY. If You’re Accidentally Not Included, Don’t Worry About It. (curated by Peter Saul)
The Design Exchange, Toronto, Canada. This is Not a Toy.

2013
Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, Málaga, Spain. ’At Home I’m a Tourist’: Colección de Selim Verol.

2012
Gallery Zidoun, Luxembourg. Group Show: Wangechi Mutu – KAWS – Jeff Sonhouse – Wim Delvoye.
Bill Brady KC, Kansas City, Missouri. East West Shift to the Middle Part I
White Columns, NYC, NY. White Columns Benefit Exhibition and Auction.

2011
Paul Kasmin Gallery, NYC, NY. Pretty on the Inside.
Royal-T, Los Angeles, California. Party Animals.
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California. Art in the Streets.
Royal-T, Los Angeles, California. Facemaker.
Bertrand Delacroix Gallery, NYC, NY. Printer’s Proof: 10th Anniversary of Axelle Editions.

2010
Galleri Loyal, Malmo, Sweden. Mutant Pop.
OHWOW, Miami, Florida. It Ain’t Fair.
The Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, California. The Reflected Gaze – Self Portraiture Today.
Centro Torrente Ballester, Ferrol, A Coruña, Spain. USA Today.
Affirmation Arts, NYC, NY. Street Smart.
Portsmouth Museum of Art, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. SugiPOP!.

2009
Gering & López Gallery, NYC, NY. Just what is it that makes today’s painting so different, so appealing?.
Hydra School Projects, Hydra, Greece. Alpha Exotica.
VI Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark. The New Yorkers.
Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, England. Plastic Culture: Legacies of Pop 1986-2008.
Royal-T, Los Angeles, California. I Can’t Feel My Face.

2008
Franklin Parrasch Gallery, NYC, NY. Everything Else.
Gallery 1313, Toronto, Canada. Sex & Erotica.

2007
Gering & López Gallery, NYC, NY. POPcentric.

2006
Richard & Dolly Maass Gallery, Purchase, New York. Info Babble.
Galerie du Jour Agnès B., Paris, France. Ugly Winners.
Le Tri Postal, Lille, France. Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art and Street Culture.
Palazzo dell’Arte, Milan, Italy. Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art and Street Culture.

2005
VI Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark. Highmath.
University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, Florida. Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art and Street Culture.
Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, Maryland. Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art and Street Culture.
Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California. Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art and Street Culture.

2004
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, California. Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art and Street Culture.
Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio. Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art and Street Culture.

2003
Parco Gallery, Tokyo, Japan. SK8 on the Wall.

2002
Deitch Projects, NYC, NY. Session The Bowl.
Deitch Projects, NYC, NY. ALIFE Shop.
City Gallery Chastain, Atlanta, Georgia. Coded Language.

2001
Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, Athens, Greece. Shortcuts.
Pierides Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece.
Deste Foundation, Athens, Greece. New Acquisitions from the Dakis Joannou Collection.


SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

Solway, Diane, Views from the Five, W MAGAZINE, November 2015, Cover, pp. 52-61. 

Speros, Will, A Towering Sculpture Will Loom Over the Lobby of the Brooklyn Museum, ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST/DAILY AD, 2 June 2015.

Smith, Jennifer, Endearing and Ominous in Brooklyn, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, 27 May 2015, p. A19.

Gassmann, Gay, Arena: Girls, Etc., THE NEW YORK TIMES, 4 May 2014, p. 3.

Morgan, Richard, Art Tag at City Galleries, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, 19 December 2013, p. A26.

Yablonsky, Linda, The Collections of Artists, T - THE NEW YORK TIMES STYLE MAGAZINE, 8 December 2013, pp. 160-167.

Staff, KAWS, TIME OUT NEW YORK, 14 November 2013, pp. 43-44.

Cochran, Samuel, Discoveries: Animated Series, ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST, December 2013, p. 45.

Indrisek, Scott, Portfolio: KAWS, MODERN PAINTERS, November 2013, pp. 31-32.

Ryzik, Melena, Arts, Briefly: A New Moonman for MTV Awards, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 9 July 2013, p. C3.

Kauffman, Leah, Interview: KAWS, PHILLY.COM, 11 April 2013.

Pollack, Barbara, Brian Donnelly, a.k.a. KAWS, LOEWS MAGAZINE, December 2012.

Donoghue, Katy, KAWS, WHITEWALL, December 2012.

Kahn, Howie, Up in the Air, WSJ/THE WALL STREET JOURNAL MAGAZINE, 25 October 2012.

Ségretier, Laurent, KAWS and Effect, PRESTIGE/HONG KONG, June 2012, pp. 264-269.

Vogel, Carol, Inside Art: KAWS Character Headed Up in the Air, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 18 May 2012, p. C22.

Mc Kay, Caragh, Rise of the X-Man, WALLPAPER, May 2012, pp. 69-70.

Branch, Kathryn, The KAWS Effect, T: THE NEW YORK TIMES STYLE MAGAZINE, 7 June 2011.

Dauriac, Romain, KAWS, CLARK MAGAZINE, November-December 2010.

Robb, Adam, Former Jersey City graffiti artist KAWS has first solo museum show, THE JERSEY JOURNAL, 25 June 2010.

Staff, Twenty Top Shows, ARTNET.COM, June 2010.

Maguire, Tobey, Kaws, INTERVIEW MAGAZINE, May 2010.

Hyeryoung, Min, Kaws, HARPER’S BAZAAR SEOUL, December 2009, pp. 338-343.

Pollack, Barbara, Critic’s Pick: Brian Donnelly, ART NEWS, November 2009, p. 128.

Staff, M Jackson, INTERVIEW MAGAZINE, September 2009, p. 156.

Meier, Jana, 100 Most Creative People in Business, FAST COMPANY, May 2009.

Lee, Chris, Tag, this artist is definitely it, LOS ANGELES TIMES, 21 February 2009.

Pak, Eudie, KAWS He Said So, THE VILLAGE VOICE, November 2008.

Staff, Talk with KAWS, TOUCH, 28 October 2008, pp. 55-67.

Dumenco, Simon, Ones to Watch, DETAILS, October 2008.

Indrisek, Scott, Artistic Cycles, ART NEWS, September 2008, p. 50.

Haskell, Robert, Home Boy, FASHION ROCKS, September 2008.

Hollingworth, Thomas, KAWS and Effect, FLORIDA INSIDE OUT, September 2008, p. 70.

Fowler, Brendan, KAWS, ANP QUARTERLY, Volume 2, Number 1, 2008, pp. 45-57.

Staff, NERD Nose What’s Up, COMPLEX, August/September 2008, Cover, pp. 74-77.

Abbott, Jeremy, KAWS, I-D, July 2008, Cover, pp. 10-161.

Dupouy-La MJC, Michael, KAWS: le companion idéal, JALOUSE, September 2007, pp. 162-163.

St. Pierre, Louisa, Rebel with a…, SPREAD, Spring 2007, pp. 68-71.

Healy, Murray, Graffiti Artist Turned Gallery Artist Turned Art Toy Maker, KAWS, POP, February 2007, pp. 260-265.

Walker, Rob, New Looks, THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE, 3 August 2008, p. 13.

Nakamura, Eric, KAWS and Effect, GIANT ROBOT, Issue 35, 2005.

Rose, Aaron, and Christian Strike, BEAUTIFUL LOSERS, 2004.

Mc Cormick, Carlo, KAWS, JUXTAPOZ, Summer 2004.


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