Earlier this month we brought you news on a new KAWS release coming soon with National Gallery of Victoria International as part of the upcoming Exhibition KAWS: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness at the aforementioned National Gallery next month. KAWS has shared more pictures of GONE and information on an online release too!
We now know that Gone will see an online release too, as well as released at the National Gallery on 20th September. Dropping too at kawsone.com for all those that don’t live in Melbourne. At this moment, it would seem that the KAWS Gone will drop online on 20th September too, but we will confirm once details are confirmed by Brian. What is interesting about the KAWS Gone release is the blacked out crosses for eyes. Usually we would expect these to be yellow.
You can sign up to the NGV email list HERE to be updated with more information, or you can keep your eye on the TTC website or Mobile App for more details as we get them. It sounds like there will also be an accompanying publication, at the exhibition, which features specially commissioned texts, and documents the breadth of KAWS’s artistic and design practice. Uniqlo will also be launching the KAWS Summer collection in Australia too. Available at the opening of the Exhibition.
The exhibition title KAWS: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness foregrounds the emotional content of the artist’s work. Through his works KAWS celebrates generosity, support for others and the deep need we have for companionship. KAWS represents someone who is very much of our time in terms of working across contexts and in hybrid and collaborative ways, and his work presents an antidote or rejoinder to the increasingly toxic nature of public discourse and social media, and division within and across societies. He reminds us we need one another and that life should be lived as compassionately as possible to combat this ‘Age of Loneliness’, in the face of fear and hatred.
KAWS: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness is a major contribution to the growing international reputation of this contemporary artist. It follows KAWS’s recent solo presentations at Yorkshire Sculpture Park and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (2016), the Yuz Museum Shanghai and the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (2017) and the Hong Kong Contemporary Art Foundation (2019). This exhibition introduces audiences to the full range of KAWS’s artistic output, including a newly commissioned monumental sculpture (his largest bronze sculpture to date), paintings reworking pop-culture figures and an impressive collection of human-scale sculptural figures. KAWS’s collaborations with other artists and major brands and his own products will also be explored.
As part of KAWS: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness, KAWS has created a playful exhibition for children that illuminates the artist’s methods of working and creative approaches to imagery sourced from popular culture, toy production and collectables. The exhibition design features references to KAWS’s character BFF, including his trademark criss-cross eyes and plush royal blue fur.
Details & images from the NGV website