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KAWS – “Ups and Downs” at Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art

Dopo lo spaventoso allestimento messo in piedi presso negli spazi della PAFA di Philadelphia (qui), KAWS si sposta ad Overland Park vicino Kansas City per aprire un nuovo show all’interno del prestigioso Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art.
Diciamolo subito, niente a che vedere con il clima e con l’esuberante proposta visiva dell’ultima esibizione, quest’ultimo show porta in dote il famoso companion Passing Through già visto in Imaginary Friends l’anno scorso e riproposto qui attraverso una nuova tinta total black, l’allestimento interno invece compre tutto il secondo piano della galleria ed è interamente costituito da tele, i suoi canonici tondi ed installazioni a muro tra cui spicca una rivisitazione di Snoopy ed una nuova versione del suo Resting Place Companion.
Sarà possibile visitare lo show fino al prossimo 9 Febbraio perciò se vi doveste trovare in zona andateci a fare una capatina, diversamente in calce dopo il salto trovate la consueta serie di scatti con tutte le immagini del percorso visivo messo in piedi da KAWS.

Brooklyn-based KAWS is an artist who exhibits in museums and galleries internationally. KAWS’ art stands within the historical continuum that began with Pop Art, straddling the line between fine art and commerce. From his 17-foot tall sculpture COMPANION (PASSING THROUGH), newly installed on the Nerman Museum’s front lawn, to his recent installations at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, his works are immediately recognizable as he transforms iconic pop culture characters into thought-provoking works of art.

“COMPANION has been a recurring character for me,” says KAWS. “He’s shy, a bit out of place, not proudly posing like a Superman character.” The seated figure hunches slightly and covers his eyes. Atop his shoulders sits an oversized skull and crossbones for a head. There are X’s slashed over the eyes and the recognizably Disneyesque gloves. According to the artist, the pose also recalls Rodin’s celebrated sculpture The Thinker. KAWS states, “I was thinking, if I had to sit there all day and have a million people pass me and stare, I’d be mortified … I kept imagining myself in front of that many people …That would be the worst experience ever. That is where the pose came from.” The posture at once conveys a reluctance to face the world and a withdrawal from what has already been witnessed.

Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art
12345 College Blvd
Overland Park, KS 66210

Pics by WillNYC for AM

KAWS – “Ups and Downs” at Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art

Dopo lo spaventoso allestimento messo in piedi presso negli spazi della PAFA di Philadelphia (qui), KAWS si sposta ad Overland Park vicino Kansas City per aprire un nuovo show all’interno del prestigioso Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art.
Diciamolo subito, niente a che vedere con il clima e con l’esuberante proposta visiva dell’ultima esibizione, quest’ultimo show porta in dote il famoso companion Passing Through già visto in Imaginary Friends l’anno scorso e riproposto qui attraverso una nuova tinta total black, l’allestimento interno invece compre tutto il secondo piano della galleria ed è interamente costituito da tele, i suoi canonici tondi ed installazioni a muro tra cui spicca una rivisitazione di Snoopy ed una nuova versione del suo Resting Place Companion.
Sarà possibile visitare lo show fino al prossimo 9 Febbraio perciò se vi doveste trovare in zona andateci a fare una capatina, diversamente in calce dopo il salto trovate la consueta serie di scatti con tutte le immagini del percorso visivo messo in piedi da KAWS.

Brooklyn-based KAWS is an artist who exhibits in museums and galleries internationally. KAWS’ art stands within the historical continuum that began with Pop Art, straddling the line between fine art and commerce. From his 17-foot tall sculpture COMPANION (PASSING THROUGH), newly installed on the Nerman Museum’s front lawn, to his recent installations at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, his works are immediately recognizable as he transforms iconic pop culture characters into thought-provoking works of art.

“COMPANION has been a recurring character for me,” says KAWS. “He’s shy, a bit out of place, not proudly posing like a Superman character.” The seated figure hunches slightly and covers his eyes. Atop his shoulders sits an oversized skull and crossbones for a head. There are X’s slashed over the eyes and the recognizably Disneyesque gloves. According to the artist, the pose also recalls Rodin’s celebrated sculpture The Thinker. KAWS states, “I was thinking, if I had to sit there all day and have a million people pass me and stare, I’d be mortified … I kept imagining myself in front of that many people …That would be the worst experience ever. That is where the pose came from.” The posture at once conveys a reluctance to face the world and a withdrawal from what has already been witnessed.

Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art
12345 College Blvd
Overland Park, KS 66210

Pics by WillNYC for AM