KAWS: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness

Exhibition and Shows

25 Sep 2019 to 13 Apr 2020

Brian Donnelly a.k.a KAWS, is one of the most prominent and prolific artists of his generation. His body of work straddles the worlds of art, fashion and design to include paintings, murals, large-scale sculptures, street and public art, and fashion, graphic and product design. His work is infused with humour, humanity and affection for our times. Admired for his larger-than-life sculptures and colour-filled paintings, KAWS’ cast of hybrid cartoon and human characters are drawn from pop-culture animations and form a distinctive artistic vocabulary.

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 to the increasingly toxic nature of public discourse and social media, and division within and across societies.

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.

Facilities

Cafe Disabled access available Family Friendly Free Wifi Non Smoking Public Toilet Restaurant Shop

Event Times

25 Sep 2019 to 13 Apr 2020

Once Only Event

Venue

National Gallery of Victoria

180 St Kilda Road, Southbank, 3006

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