KAWS for Celebration

kaws.jpgIt’s a good time to be street-influenced artist KAWS, a.k.a. Brian Donnelly. As we mentioned last week, his work (including human-size versions of the JPP toys pictured at right) fills the Miami penthouse hideaway of Pharrell Williams, currently featured in Conde Nast’s fall Fashion Rocks supplement. KAWS also collaborated with i-D magazine on a special version of its July “stepping stone issue” and was the subject of Rob Walker’s most recent ‘Consumed’ column in The New York Times Magazine. Walker focuses on Donnelly’s rather late entry into the traditional “art world” via a trio of imminent shows at galleries in New York, Miami, and Los Angeles, allowing people a rare glimpse of his work in person, as opposed to online. Why “KAWS”? “There was a point in my life when I was really interested in having my name on the street,” says Donnelly in the below video created by i-D. “K-A-W-S is something that worked. You couldn’t really pin it down to any other existing words.”