KAWS 1974 –
Brian Donnelly, the artist known as KAWS, has been living and working in Brooklyn since the 1990s, and has recently updated his studio in Williamsburg. The Brooklyn Museum was one of the first major venues to add a KAWS sculpture to its permanent collection and is currently holding the first New York museum retrospective of the artist’s work.
The KAWS: WHAT PARTY exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum has attracted large and diverse crowds. The more than 100 works on display reflect his themes of love, friendship and loss, and the fusion of fine and commercial art.
In a recent Brooklyn Rail interview, KAWS reflected on the impact he hopes that the exhibit will have on young museum visitors. “I remember clearly being young and walking into galleries and feeling I needed to, like, walk backwards out of them.” he said. “I am hoping I can plant that seed, and create that comfort zone that they can then say, actually, that was all right, and then go check out the next show, and the next show and say, “This wasn’t the worst experience, what else can I see?”
Because of his commercial success and the high demand for his collectibles in the U.S. and Asia, the museum is allowing each visitor only one trip into its gift shop and each visitor is only allowed to purchase no more than two items.
KAWS: WHAT PARTY will be on view through September 5, 2021.
Several editions of What Party, both vinyl and silkscreen, are available at VFA.
Keith Haring 1958-1990
Keith Haring’s legacy is the joyful way in which he impacted the social conscience of the world. His subjects were often dark -drug use, AIDS, war – but his message was sent with kindness and caring intent.
More than thirty years after his death, the artist and his artwork still resonate, and a new generation has discovered his work.
The Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York is hosting an exhibit of Haring’s work, as well as a public discussion about his art and activism and ‘hands on’ workshops in July for children ages 6-8 and 9-12, to explore his life, influences and style.
The exhibit, Keith Haring: Radiant Visions will be on exhibit through September 6, 2021.
Keith Haring documented much of his work, and his life, with a Polaroid camera. Polaroid and the Keith Haring Foundation have collaborated to design a camera that pays homage to Haring’s style. His artwork is on both the camera and the film.
Silkscreens from Haring’s Pop Shop Series l, ll and lll, done from 1987-1989 are available at VFA.
Jason Rosenfeld. KAWS with Jason Rosenfeld. The Brooklyn Rail. June 2021.
Katherine J. Wright/Larissa Ryan. Keith Haring: Radiant Vision: Fenimore opens major show on 1980s iconic artist, Haring. Allotsego. June 3, 2021.
Nadja Sayej. A New Polaroid Camera That Honors Keith Haring. Forbes. June 8, 2021.
Sage Anderson. Polaroid Releases Keith Haring-Inspired Collection of Instant Cameras and Film. Rolling Stone. June 8, 2021.
Edward M. Gómez. Takashi Murakami Helps Present Art Fair’s ‘Super-Rough’ in SoHo. The New York Times. June 4, 2021.