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KAWS Book Sold Out Phaidon Edition Brooklyn What Party Signed Edition Of 500
By KAWS
Located in Atlanta, GA
Condition: Book is in pristine condition and only opened to photograph the signature. Signature: Hand-signed by artist, Hand Signed By The Artist in Black Sharpie, KAWS 2021... Certi...
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2010s Pop Art More Art

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Felt Pen, Black and White

Signed KAWS Colette x Rizzoli artist book (KAWS Rizzoli blue cover) 2010
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Hand signed limited edition KAWS Rizzoli x Colette Artist Monograph, 2010: Published with a rare blue lettered dust jacket exclusive to the legendary Parisian boutique, Colette; from...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Prints and Multiples

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Paper

KAWS One (early KAWS artist book)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS One: KAWS Artist Monograph, 1st edition, 2001 Hardcover book, 80 pages Rare and out of print. A definitive look back at the development of the artist's style and early beginning...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Prints and Multiples

Materials

Paper, Offset

KAWS One (early KAWS artist book)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS One: KAWS Artist Monograph, 1st edition, 2001 Hardcover book, 80 pages Rare and out of print. A definitive look back at the development of the artist's style and early beginning...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Prints and Multiples

Materials

Paper

  • KAWS One (early KAWS artist book)
  • KAWS One (early KAWS artist book)
  • KAWS One (early KAWS artist book)
  • KAWS One (early KAWS artist book)
H 8.4 in. W 6.3 in. D 0.2 in.
KAWS, Along the way Monograph Book, Cardstock, 2020
By KAWS
Located in London, GB
KAWS, Along the way Monograph Book, Cardstock, 2020 Contains 34 offset lithographs on card depicting some of the artists most iconic pieces to date. Limited edition of 1888. 'As ne...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Street Art More Art

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Paper

Banksy Dismaland Print Book Cauty Out of Print Pomet Kaws Obey Insect Josh Keyes
By Banksy
Located in Atlanta, GA
Dismaland was a temporary art project organised by street artist Banksy, constructed in the seaside resort town of Weston-super-Mare in Somerset, England. Prepared in secret, the pop...
Category

2010s Street Art More Art

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Archival Paper, Screen

KAWS Man's Best Friend (KAWS hardcover book)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Man's Best Friend hardcover book 128 pages, English, 1st edition 2016 Black matte foil cover and an embossed title page Published by Honor Fraser Condition: New and sealed in i...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art More Art

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Offset

Kaws Man's Best Friend (Hardcover Book)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Man's Best Friend hardcover book 128 pages, English, 1st edition 2016 Black matte foil cover and an embossed title page Published by Honor Fraser Condition: New and sealed in i...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art More Art

Materials

Offset

KAWS One (early KAWS artist book)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS One: KAWS Artist Monograph, 1st edition, 2001 Hardcover book, 80 pages Rare and out of print. A definitive look back at the development of the artist's style and early beginning...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Prints and Multiples

Materials

Paper, Offset

KAWS One (early KAWS artist book)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS One: KAWS Artist Monograph, 1st edition, 2001 Hardcover book, 80 pages Rare and out of print. A definitive look back at the development of the artist's style and early beginning...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art More Art

Materials

Offset

  • KAWS One (early KAWS artist book)
  • KAWS One (early KAWS artist book)
  • KAWS One (early KAWS artist book)
  • KAWS One (early KAWS artist book)
H 8.4 in. W 6.3 in. D 0.2 in.
KAWS One (early KAWS artist book)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS One: KAWS Artist Monograph, 1st edition, 2001 Hardcover book, 80 pages Rare and out of print. A definitive look back at the development of the artist's style and early beginning...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art More Art

Materials

Offset

  • KAWS One (early KAWS artist book)
  • KAWS One (early KAWS artist book)
  • KAWS One (early KAWS artist book)
  • KAWS One (early KAWS artist book)
H 8.4 in. W 6.3 in. D 0.2 in.
KAWS Man's Best Friend (KAWS hardcover book)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Man's Best Friend hardcover book 128 pages, English, 1st edition 2016 Black matte foil cover and an embossed title page Published by Honor Fraser Condition: New and sealed in i...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art More Art

Materials

Offset

KAWS Man's Best Friend (KAWS hardcover book)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Man's Best Friend hardcover book 128 pages, English, 1st edition 2016 Black matte foil cover and an embossed title page Published by Honor Fraser Condition: New and sealed in i...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art More Art

Materials

Offset

KAWS One (Hardcover Book)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS One: KAWS Artist Monograph, 1st edition, 2001 Hardcover book, 80 pages Rare and out of print. A definitive look back at the development of the artist's style and early beginning...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art More Art

Materials

Offset

KAWS One (early artist book)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS One: KAWS Artist Monograph, 1st edition, 2001 Hardcover book, 80 pages Rare and out of print. A definitive look back at the development of the artist's style and early beginning...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art More Art

Materials

Offset

  • KAWS One (early artist book)
  • KAWS One (early artist book)
  • KAWS One (early artist book)
  • KAWS One (early artist book)
H 8.4 in. W 6.3 in. D 0.2 in.
KAWS One (early artist book)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS One: KAWS Artist Monograph, 1st edition, 2001 Hardcover book, 80 pages Rare and out of print. A definitive look back at the development of the artist's style and early beginning...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art More Art

Materials

Offset

KAWS One (early artist book)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS One: KAWS Artist Monograph, 1st edition, 2001 Hardcover book, 80 pages Rare and out of print. A definitive look back at the development of the artist's style and early beginning...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art More Art

Materials

Offset

  • KAWS One (early artist book)
  • KAWS One (early artist book)
  • KAWS One (early artist book)
  • KAWS One (early artist book)
H 8.4 in. W 6.3 in. D 0.2 in.
KAWS Man's Best Friend (Hardcover Book)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Man's Best Friend hardcover book 128 pages, English, 1st edition 2016 Black matte foil cover and an embossed title page Published by Honor Fraser Condition: New and sealed in i...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art More Art

Materials

Offset

Kaws Man's Best Friend (Hardcover Book)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Man's Best Friend hardcover book 128 pages, English, 1st edition 2016 Black matte foil cover and an embossed title page Published by Honor Fraser Condition: New and sealed in i...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art More Art

Materials

Offset

Kaws Man's Best Friend (Hardcover Book)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Man's Best Friend hardcover book 128 pages, English, 1st edition 2016 Black matte foil cover and an embossed title page Published by Honor Fraser Condition: New and sealed in i...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art More Art

Materials

Offset

Kaws Man's Best Friend (Hardcover Book)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Man's Best Friend hardcover book 128 pages, English, 1st edition 2016 Black matte foil cover and an embossed title page Published by Honor Fraser Condition: New and sealed in i...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art More Art

Materials

Offset

Kaws Man's Best Friend (Hardcover Book)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Man's Best Friend hardcover book 128 pages, English, 1st edition 2016 Black matte foil cover and an embossed title page Published by Honor Fraser Condition: New and sealed in i...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art More Art

Materials

Offset

Kaws Man's Best Friend (Hardcover Book)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Man's Best Friend hardcover book 128 pages, English, 1st edition 2016 Black matte foil cover and an embossed title page Published by Honor Fraser Condition: New and sealed in i...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art More Art

Materials

Offset

Man's Best Friend (Hardcover Book)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Man's Best Friend hardcover book 128 pages, English, 2016 Black matte foil cover and an embossed title page Published by Honor Fraser Condition: New and sealed in its original ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art More Art

Man's Best Friend (Hardcover Book)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Man's Best Friend hardcover book 128 pages, English, 2016 Black matte foil cover and an embossed title page Published by Honor Fraser Condition: New and sealed in its original ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art More Art

Materials

Offset

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How Much is a Kaws Book?

The price for an artwork of this kind can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — a kaws book in our inventory may begin at $98 and can go as high as $2,850, while the average can fetch as much as $217.

KAWS Biography and Important Works

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. Today, KAWS’s oeuvre encompasses art toys, sculptures and colorful paintings and prints that appropriate pop phenomena like the Smurfs, the Simpsons and SpongeBob SquarePants.

In the late 1990s, 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.”

KAWS's 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.

Learn how to spot a fake KAWS art toy, and browse authentic KAWS prints, sculptures and mixed media works on 1stDibs.

A Close Look at Pop Art Art

Perhaps one of the most influential contemporary-art movements, Pop art emerged in the 1950s. In stark contrast to traditional artistic practice, it drew on imagery from popular culture — comic books, advertising, product packaging and other commercial media — to create paintings and sculptures that celebrated ordinary life in the most literal way.

Pop art started in Britain as a reaction, both positive and critical, to the period’s consumerism. Its goal was to put popular culture on the same level as so-called high culture.

Richard Hamilton’s 1956 collage Just what is it that makes today’s homes so different, so appealing? is widely believed to have kickstarted this unconventional new style.

Pop art works are distinguished by their bold imagery, bright colors and seemingly commonplace subject matter. Practitioners sought to challenge the status quo, breaking with the perceived elitism of the previously dominant Abstract Expressionism and making statements about current events. Other key characteristics of Pop art include appropriation of imagery and techniques from popular and commercial culture; use of different media and formats; repetition in imagery and iconography; incorporation of mundane objects from advertisements, cartoons and other popular media; hard edges; and ironic and witty treatment of subject matter.

Although British artists launched the movement, they were soon overshadowed by their American counterparts. Pop art is perhaps most closely identified with Andy Warhol, whose clever appropriation of motifs and images helped to transform the artistic style into a lifestyle. Most of the best-known Pop artists started in commercial art (Warhol made whimsical drawings as a hobby during his early years as a commercial illustrator), a background that helped them in merging high and popular culture.

Roy Lichtenstein was another prominent American Pop artist. Much like Warhol, Lichtenstein drew his subjects from print media, particularly comic strips, producing paintings and sculptures characterized by primary colors, bold outlines and halftone dots, elements appropriated from commercial printing. Recontextualizing a lowbrow image by importing it into a fine-art context was a trademark of his style. Neo-pop artists like Jeff Koons and Takashi Murakami further blurred the line between art and popular culture.

Pop art rose to prominence largely through the work of a handful of men creating works that were unemotional and distanced — in other words, stereotypically masculine. However, there were many important female Pop artists, such as Rosalyn Drexler, whose significant contributions to the movement are recognized today. Best known for her work as a playwright and novelist, Drexler also created paintings and collages embodying Pop art themes and stylistic features.

Read more about the history of Pop art and the style’s famous artists, and browse a collection of Pop art prints, photography and other works on 1stDibs.