A solo exhibition “KAWS WHERE THE END STARTS” of Brian Donnelly is underway at Yuz Museum.
Brian Donnelly, popularly known as KAWS, is one of the most influential artists of his generation and a pop culture sensation over the last two decades. KAWS has built a career by straddling graffiti, design and art with imagery. It took shape on the streets but later evolved into merchandise.
The “WHERE THE END STARTS” exhibition at the Yuz Museum explores the breadth of KAWS’s career with nearly 100 items from street interventions in the 1990s, to toys and apparels, figurative paintings, to the recent and more abstract canvases and sculpture.
Seeing these works together, visitors get to see KAWS’s formal agility as an artist, as well as his underlying wit, irreverence, and affection of our times.
Three figures that are most iconic in his career are “companion,” inspired by Mickey Mouse, “Chum,” a derivative of the Michelin Man, “Accomplice,” a bunny with long ears.The three sculptures are all showcased at the exhibition.
This exhibition also displays some of his acrylic paintings on canvas. Early in 2001, he created his first acrylic paintings on canvas that featured his characters “The Kimpsons,” based on The Simpsons.