KAWS: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness
KAWS | Brian Donnelly
COMPANIONSHIP IN THE AGE OF LONELINESS
KAWS, aka Brian Donnelly (born 1974), is one of the most prominent and prolific artists of his generation.
His body of work straddles the worlds of art and design to include paintings, murals, large-scale sculptures, street and public art, and graphic and product design.
His work is infused with humour, humanity and affection for our times. Admired for his larger-than-life sculptures and colour-filled paintings, KAWS's cast of hybrid cartoon and human characters are drawn from pop-culture animations and form a distinctive artistic vocabulary.
The exhibition title KAWS: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness foregrounds the emotional content of the artist's work.
Through his works KAWS celebrates generosity, support for others and the deep need we have for companionship. KAWS represents someone who is very much of our time in terms of working across contexts and in hybrid and collaborative ways, and his work presents an antidote or rejoinder to the increasingly toxic nature of public discourse and social media, and division within and across societies.
He reminds us we need one another and that life should be lived as compassionately as possible to combat this ‘Age of Loneliness', in the face of fear and hatred.
KAWS: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness is a major contribution to the growing international reputation of this contemporary artist.
It follows KAWS's recent solo presentations at Yorkshire Sculpture Park and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (2016), the Yuz Museum Shanghai and the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (2017) and the Hong Kong Contemporary Art Foundation (2019). This exhibition introduces audiences to the full range of KAWS's artistic output, including a newly commissioned monumental sculpture (his largest bronze sculpture to date), paintings reworking pop-culture figures and an impressive collection of human-scale sculptural figures.
KAWS's collaborations with other artists and major brands and his own products are also be explored.
An accompanying publication features specially commissioned texts by the artist, and documents the breadth of KAWS's artistic and design practice. It includes a catalogue raisonné of limited-edition figures by the artist.
Concession $17 Seniors card discount Wednesdays only
Child (5-15 years) $10
AMEX Card Member $17
NGV Member Family $40 (2 adults + 3 children)
Family $45 (2 adults + 3 children)
When & Where
Date/s: Friday 20th September 2019 - Monday 13th April 2020
Times: 10am - 5pm
Venue || Location
National Gallery of Victoria | NGV International Events 16 Events
⊜ 180 St Kilda Road, Southbank | Map
✆ Event: 03 8662 1555 | Venue: +61 3 8620 2222
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