Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth Announces
KAWS Exhibition and Catalogue
Fort Worth, TX.-Dr. Marla Price, director of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, announces a major survey exhibition of the work of Brooklyn-based artist KAWS (American, born 1974) on view in Fort Worth, Texas, October 16, 2016 through January 8, 2017, and traveling to the Yuz Museum in Shanghai, China, March through August 2017. Organized by Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth curator Andrea Karnes in close collaboration with the artist, this presentation will feature key paintings, sculptures, drawings, toys, and street art interventions to examine KAWS's prolific career in depth, revealing critical aspects of his formal, conceptual, and collaborative developments over the last twenty years.
Spanning the worlds of graffiti, pop art, and consumer culture, KAWS's bodies of work are highly charged, each conveying his underlying wit, irreverence, and affection for our times, as well as his agility as an artist. He has primarily looked to and appropriated from pop-culture animations (including The Smurfs, The Simpsons, SpongeBob, Hanna-Barbera, and Peanuts) to form his artistic vocabulary for his paintings, drawings, and sculptures. Now well known for his larger-than-life sculpture and hard-edge paintings that emphasize line and color, KAWS's cast of hybrid cartoon/human characters, with similarities to popular cartoon figures and logos like Mickey Mouse and the Michelin Man, are perhaps the strongest examples of his exploration of humanity. These figures have amicable names - Chum, Companion, Accomplice - and express and provoke an array of human emotions, from sad, overwhelmed, pathetic, and weary, to shy. They reflect emotions and situations we can empathize with in presentations that are balanced with humor, heartening in their cartoon aesthetic.
A fully illustrated, color catalogue with essays by Andrea Karnes, Curator, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; Michael Auping, Chief Curator, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; Pharrell Williams in conversation with KAWS; and one additional author will accompany this exhibition.
FRAMING DESIRE: Photography and Video
February 21, 2015-August 23, 2015
September 20, 2015-January 2016
Frank StellaFebruary-June 2016
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