American artist Brian Donnelly, also known as Kaws, poses with his seven-metre tall bronze sculpture called ‘Gone’ during the ‘Kaws: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness’ exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia, last week. Photo: EPA

Kaws: serious artist or blown-up pop-culture creation? Art museums are suddenly paying attention to American’s work

  • He cites Keith Haring as an influence; Justin Bieber, Pharrell Williams, DJ Khaled and Larry Warsh collect him; a 2005 Kaws painting sold for US$14.8 million
  • One critic called his work promotional ‘garbage’, but Kaws has collaborated with brands such as Dior, Nike, and Uniqlo, and says being accessible matters
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American artist Brian Donnelly, also known as Kaws, poses with his seven-metre tall bronze sculpture called ‘Gone’ during the ‘Kaws: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness’ exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia, last week. Photo: EPA
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