2011
KAWS

Acrylic on canvas
84 x 120 inches

2018
KAWS

Bronze
21 ft. high; 12,360 lbs

In CLEAN SLATE, 2018, the central figure strides forward, embracing smaller, childlike figures in each arm, a gesture recognizable to anyone who has found themselves in the company of two tired toddlers. Featuring KAWS’s iconic COMPANION characters, the bronze sculpture stands 21 feet tall and overlooks the museum pond.

KAWS’s career began with graffiti in the 1990s; he quickly moved to making paintings, sculpture, and drawings informed by art history and inspired by cartoons. He has created a cast of recurring figures that candidly communicate fundamental aspects of human...

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