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KAWS Record Art 2008 (Kanye West 808s and Heartbreak 1st pressing)

2008

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KAWS 2008 Record Art: Rare 2008 vinyl 1st Pressing of Kanye West 808s & Heartbreak featuring original offset illustrations by KAWS. Medium: Lithograph in colors on tri-fold out vinyl record jacket, artist illustrated poster and record labels. Contains two vinyl records; CD, & Kanye West fold-out poster each individually illustrated by KAWS with the artist's printed signature present on both the poster and lower part of the inside cover. Dimensions: 12 x 12 inches (record sleeve closed) / Poster 12 x 24 inches. Condition: Cover and records are in very good overall condition. Poster: Very good condition; center-fold as issued. 1st edition, 1st pressing, 2008. Plate signed by KAWS. Catalog Raisonne: see KAWS Rizzoli Publishing 2010 (Montagut, Celant). KAWS’s career began as a graffiti artist in New York, NY, in the early 1990s. His images were seen on billboards, bus stops, and in phone booths. Immediately after graduation in 1996 from SVA, KAWS began working as a freelance artist for Disney. Some of his most popular works include his contributions to 101 Dalmations, Daria, and Doug. Once KAWS began to rise in popularity, his graffiti advertisements became highly sought after. He traveled extensively to work in Paris, London, Germany, and Japan. In 1998, he received the Pernod Liquid Art Award, which offers a grant to new artists. In late 1990s, KAWS began to design and produce limited-edition toys. These gained international popularity, especially in Japan. He also began to collaborate on several different toys, including with Nigo (Japanese, b.1970) for A Bathing Ape. Since, KAWS has embraced the commercialist spirit of Claes Oldenburg and Takashi Murakami, designing everything from Kanye West album covers to Nike sneakers. Avoiding the distinction between products and art objects, KAWS has shown his work increasingly in galleries and museums over the past decade; some of his most famous images are re-imagined versions of pop characters like Mickey Mouse and the Michelin Man. Related Categories Street Art. Pop Art. Shepard Fairey. Banksy. Kaws prints. Kaws Companion. Keith Haring. Takashi Murakami.

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  • Artist
    KAWS (1974, American)
  • Creation Year
    2008
  • Dimensions
    Height: 12 in. (30.48 cm)Width: 12 in. (30.48 cm)
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
  • Period
  • Condition
    Very good to excellent.
  • Gallery Location
    NEW YORK, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU35435417922

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About KAWS (Artist)

In the beginning, Brian Donnelly was just a kid from Jersey City, New Jersey, who got into the graffiti thing. KAWS was his tag, chosen simply because he liked the way it looked. It was the late 1990s, and the artist, a 1996 graduate of New York’s School of Visual Arts, was making a living as an illustrator for the animation studio Jumbo Pictures.


Like young Hansel and Gretel with their trail of crumbs, KAWS would mark the morning route to his downtown Manhattan office with “subvertising,” “interrupting” fashion advertisements by adding his colorful character Bendy, its sinuous length sliding playfully around the likes of a Calvin Klein perfume bottle or supermodel Christy Turlington.


These creations gained a following, to the point where work posted in the morning would disappear by lunchtime. Even in those early days, KAWS was hot on the resale market.


“When I was doing graffiti,” he once explained, “it meant nothing to me to make paintings if I wasn’t reaching people.” Instead of seeking entrée to the elite New York art world (which, frankly, wasn’t looking for a street artist anyway), KAWS moved to Japan, where a flourishing youth culture welcomed visionaries like him.


In 1999, he partnered with Bounty Hunter, a Japanese toy and streetwear brand, to release his first toy. Companion — an eight-inch-tall vinyl reimagining of Mickey Mouse, with a skull-and-crossbones head and trademark XX eyes — debuted with a limited run of 500. It sold out quickly.


Companion was the first of more than 130 toy designs, which came to include such characters as Chum, Blitz, Be@rbrick, BFF and Milo, each immediately recognizable as KAWS figures by their XX eyes. Fans have proved insatiable. In 2017, MoMA’s online store announced the availability of a limited supply of KAWS Companion figures; as avid collectors logged on to stake their claim, the website crashed — multiple times.


Companion is the most visible of the KAWS posse, appearing over the past decade in new postures and combinations in monumental works. These include Along the Way (2013), an 18-foot-tall wooden sculpture of two Companions leaning on each other for support; Together (2016), two Companions in a friendly embrace, which debuted during an exhibition of KAWS’s work at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, in Texas; and KAWS:HOLIDAY (2018), a 92-foot-long inflatable Companion floating on its back in Seoul’s Seokchon Lake. The sculptures were re-created as toys, blurring the lines between art and commerce.


KAWS’s visual language may be drawn from cartoons, but his work doesn’t necessarily evoke childlike joy. “My figures are not always reflecting the idealistic cartoon view that I grew up on,” he explains in the catalogue for the Fort Worth exhibition. “Companion is more real in dealing with contemporary human circumstances . . . . I think when I’m making work it also often mirrors what’s going on with me at that time.”


Today, KAWS’s oeuvre encompasses toys, sculptures and colorful paintings and prints that appropriate pop phenomena like the Smurfs, the Simpsons and SpongeBob SquarePants. His résumé reads like a record of major 21st-century pop-culture moments. It includes his work with streetwear brands like A Bathing Ape and Supreme; his design for the cover of Kanye West’s 2008 album, 808s & Heartbreak; and his collaboration with designer Kim Jones on the Dior Homme Spring/Summer 2019 collection, Jones’s debut as the fashion brand’s creative director.

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