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KAWS SMALL LIE Grey (KAWS Small Lie Companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS SMALL LIE Grey: Among KAWS’s signature “Companions,” Small Lie has the most childlike resonance. Clothed in overall shorts, the Pinocchio-inspired figure bows its head in shame ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS SMALL LIE Black (Black KAWS Small Lie Companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS SMALL LIE Companion: Black: Among KAWS’s signature “Companions,” Small Lie has the most childlike resonance. Clothed in overall shorts, the Pinocchio-inspired figure bows its he...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Small Lie Grey (KAWS grey companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS SMALL LIE Grey: Among KAWS’s signature “Companions,” Small Lie has the most childlike resonance. Clothed in overall shorts, the Pinocchio-inspired figure bows its head in shame ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Vinyl, Resin

KAWS SMALL LIE Brown (brown KAWS Companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS SMALL LIE Brown: Among KAWS’s signature “Companions,” Small Lie has the most childlike resonance. Clothed in overall shorts, the Pinocchio-inspired figure bows its head in sham...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS SMALL LIE
By KAWS
Located in Englishtown, NJ
Black Edition of the Kaws Small Lie Sculpture. Stamped on foot with Kaws signature and year. Produced by Medicom Toy. Painted cast vinyl. Sealed in original packaging as issued. Neve...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Street Art Sculptures

Materials

Vinyl

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H 11 in. W 5 in. D 4.75 in.
KAWS Small Lie Black (KAWS Small Lie Companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Small Lie Companion figure 2017 Medium: Vinyl figurine. Color: Black. Dimensions: 11 × 4.5 × 4.5 inches Unopened; excellent condition Published by Medicom Japan. From an u...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS - Small Lie - Black Version
By KAWS
Located in Dallas, TX
In December 2017, KAWS released a new version of his classic companion character, titled "Small Lie". The figure features the companion slumped over in what appears to be a disappoin...
Category

2010s Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS - Small Lie - Brown Version
By KAWS
Located in Dallas, TX
In December 2017, KAWS released a new version of his classic companion character, titled "Small Lie". The figure features the companion slumped over in what appears to be a disappoin...
Category

2010s Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS SMALL LIE complete set of 3 works (KAWS small lie companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS SMALL LIE: Complete Set of Three. Each new and sealed in their original packaging. These KAWS figurative pieces are a rendition of Small Lie produced in collaboration with Qatar...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS SMALL LIE complete set of 3 works (KAWS small lie companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS SMALL LIE: Complete Set of Three. Each new and sealed in their original packaging. These KAWS figurative pieces are a rendition of Small Lie produced in collaboration with Qatar...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Street Art Prints and Multiples

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

Small Lie (Mono)
By KAWS
Located in Bristol, GB
Painted Cast Vinyl Open edition Stamped on the underside of feet New, as issued. Some minor imperfections may exist given the nature of the material Sold in the original packaging
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Plastic, Vinyl

Small Lie (Mono)
H 10.79 in. W 4.81 in. D 5.12 in.
Small Lie (Brown)
By KAWS
Located in Bristol, GB
Painted Cast Vinyl Open edition Stamped on the underside of feet Excellent. Large tear in outer plastic wrapping but figure is in excellent condition Sold in the original packaging
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Plastic, Vinyl

Small Lie (Brown)
H 10.79 in. W 4.81 in. D 5.12 in.
Small Lie (Black)
By KAWS
Located in Bristol, GB
Painted Cast Vinyl Open edition Excellent. Very minor scratching on outer packaging, but otherwise as issued in excellent condition. Some minor imperfections may exist to the figure ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Vinyl, Plastic

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H 10.79 in. W 4.81 in. D 5.12 in.
KAWS, 'Small Lie' Art Toy, Grey, 2017
By KAWS
Located in New York, NY
The 'Small Lie' vinyl art toy in greyscale was created in 2017 by KAWSONE. Among KAWS’s signature 'Companion' series, the 'Small Lie' has a childlike charm and instantaneous likabili...
Category

2010s Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Vinyl

KAWS SMALL LIE set of 2 works (KAWS Companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS SMALL LIE 2017: Set of 2 works. Each new and sealed in their original packaging. These KAWS figurative pieces are a rendition of Small Lie produced in collaboration with Qatar M...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS SMALL LIE Brown (KAWS brown companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS SMALL LIE Brown: Among KAWS’s signature “Companions,” Small Lie has the most childlike resonance. Clothed in overall shorts, the Pinocchio-inspired figure bows its head in shame...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Street Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Small Lie set of 2 (KAWS Companion set)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Small Lie Companion: Set of 2 works (brown and grey). Each new and sealed in their original packaging. Among KAWS’s signature “Companions,” Small Lie has the most childlike re...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Prints and Multiples

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Small Lies Sculptures Set of 3 2017 Brooklyn Street Art Contemporary
By KAWS
Located in Atlanta, GA
KAWS is a multi-faceted artist straddling the worlds of art and design in his prolific body of work that ranges from paintings, murals, and large-scale sculptures to product design a...
Category

2010s Street Art Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Acrylic

Lie Sang Bong Mink Vest with Hood sz Small
Located in New York, NY
Lie Sang Bong Mink Vest with Hood sz Small Color: Black Materials: Mink Fur Lining: Mink Fur Opening/Closure: Front left off-setted zip Overall Condition: Excellent pre-owned condi...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Vests

Talon Show (small things may contain grave danger. A single lie can grow + grow)
By Carol Wax
Located in New Orleans, LA
Talon Show is a color intaglio created in an edition of 30. This impression is #2 of 30. Carol Wax originally trained to be a classical musician at the Manhattan School of Music but...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Still-life Prints

Materials

Etching, Aquatint, Mezzotint

KAWS Small Lie Grey (KAWS Small Lie Companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Kaws Small Lie Grey Companion 2017. New and sealed in their original packaging. Medium: Vinyl & Cast Resin Dimensions: 11 × 4.5 × 4.5 inches Unopened; excellent condition Publishe...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Small Lie Black (Black KAWS Small Lie Companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Black Small Lie Companion figure 2017: Medium: Vinyl figurine. Color: Black. Dimensions: 11 × 4.5 inches. Unopened; excellent condition. Published by Medicom Japan. From an ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Small Lie Grey (KAWS grey companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Kaws Small Lie Grey Companion 2017. New and sealed in original packaging. Medium: Vinyl & Cast Resin Dimensions: 11 × 4.5 × 4.5 inches Unopened; excellent condition Published by M...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Small Lie set of 2 (KAWS Companion set)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Small Lie Companion: Set of 2 works (black and grey). Each new and sealed in their original packaging. Among KAWS’s signature “Companions,” Small Lie has the most childlike re...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Prints and Multiples

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

Small Lie (Grey), Sculpture, Vinyl, Pop Art, Street art by KAWS
By KAWS
Located in London, GB
KAWS Small Lie (Grey), 2017 Vinyl multiple in a limited edition Produced by Medicom, Japan Height : 28.0 cm (11.0 in)
Category

2010s Street Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS: Small Lie (Black) - Vinyl Sculpture. Urban, Street art, Pop Art
By KAWS
Located in Madrid, Madrid
Small Lie (Black) Date of creation: 2017 Medium: Sculpture Media: Vinyl Edition: Unknown and sold out Size: 27.5 x 12.3 x 13 cm Observations: Vinyl sculpture published in 2017 by KAW...
Category

2010s Other Art Style Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Plastic

KAWS Small Lie complete set of 3 (KAWS brown, black & grey companions)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS SMALL LIE: Complete Set of Three. Each new and sealed in their original packaging. These KAWS figurative pieces are a rendition of Small Lie produced in collaboration with Qatar...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Prints and Multiples

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS: Small Lie (Brown) - Vinyl Sculpture. Urban, Street art, Pop Art
By KAWS
Located in Madrid, Madrid
Small Lie (Brown) Date of creation: 2017 Medium: Sculpture Media: Vinyl Edition: Unknown and sold out Size: 27.5 x 12.3 x 13 cm Observations: Vinyl sculpture published in 2017 by KAW...
Category

2010s Modern Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Plastic

KAWS Small Lie Companions: complete set of 3 (KAWS Companion set)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Kaws Small Lie: Set of Three. Each new and sealed in their original packaging. Medium: Vinyl Year: 2017 Dimensions: 11 × 4.5 × 4.5 inches (applies to each individual) Unopened; ex...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Small Lie Black (KAWS Small Lie Companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Black Small Lie Companion figure 2017 Medium: Vinyl figurine Dimensions: 11 × 4.5 × 4.5 inches Unopened; excellent condition Published by Medicom Japan. From an unnumbered ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Small Lie Brown (KAWS Small Lie Companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Brown Small Lie 2017 Medium: Vinyl Figurine Dimensions: 11 × 4.5 × 4.5 inches. Unopened; excellent condition Published by Medicom Japan. From an unnumbered edition of unknow...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Small Lie Black (KAWS Small Lie Companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Black Small Lie Companion figure 2017 Medium: Vinyl figurine Dimensions: 11 × 4.5 × 4.5 inches Unopened; excellent condition Published by Medicom Japan. From an unnumbered ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Small Lie Black (KAWS Small Lie Companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Black Small Lie Companion figure 2017 Medium: Vinyl figurine Dimensions: 11 × 4.5 × 4.5 inches Unopened; excellent condition Published by Medicom Japan. From an unnumbered ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Small Lie Brown (KAWS Small Lie Companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Brown Small Lie 2017 Medium: Vinyl Figurine Dimensions: 11 × 4.5 × 4.5 inches. Unopened; excellent condition Published by Medicom Japan. From an unnumbered edition of unknow...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Small Lie Grey (KAWS Small Lie Companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Kaws Small Lie Grey Companion 2017. New and sealed in their original packaging. Medium: Vinyl & Cast Resin Dimensions: 11 × 4.5 × 4.5 inches Unopened; excellent condition Publishe...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Small Lie Black (KAWS Small Lie Companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Small Lie Companion figure 2017 Medium: Vinyl figurine. Color: Black. Dimensions: 11 × 4.5 × 4.5 inches Unopened; excellent condition Published by Medicom Japan. From an u...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Small Lie Grey (KAWS Small Lie Companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Kaws Small Lie Grey Companion 2017. New and sealed in their original packaging. Medium: Vinyl & Cast Resin Dimensions: 11 × 4.5 × 4.5 inches Unopened; excellent condition Publishe...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Small Lie Black (KAWS Small Lie Companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Small Lie Companion figure 2017 Medium: Vinyl figurine. Color: Black. Dimensions: 11 × 4.5 × 4.5 inches Unopened; excellent condition Published by Medicom Japan. From an u...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Small Lie Grey (KAWS Small Lie Companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Kaws Small Lie Grey Companion 2017. New and sealed in their original packaging. Medium: Vinyl & Cast Resin Dimensions: 11 × 4.5 × 4.5 inches Unopened; excellent condition Publishe...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Small Lie set of 2 (KAWS small lie companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Small Lie: Set of 2 (black and grey). Each new and sealed in their original packaging. Medium: Painted vinyl cast resin. Year: 2017. Dimensions: 11 × 4.5 inches (applies to ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Prints and Multiples

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Small Lie set of 2 (KAWS small lie companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Small Lie: Set of 2 (black and grey). Each new and sealed in their original packaging. Medium: Painted vinyl cast resin. Year: 2017. Dimensions: 11 × 4.5 inches (applies to ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS SMALL LIE complete set of 3 works (KAWS small lie companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS SMALL LIE: Complete Set of Three. Each new and sealed in their original packaging. These KAWS figurative pieces are a rendition of Small Lie produced in collaboration with Qatar...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS SMALL LIE complete set of 3 works (KAWS small lie companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS SMALL LIE: Complete Set of Three. Each new and sealed in their original packaging. These KAWS figurative pieces are a rendition of Small Lie produced in collaboration with Qatar...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Small Lie Set of 3
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Kaws Small Lie: Set of Three. Each are new and sealed in their original packaging. Medium: Vinyl Year: 2017 Dimensions: 11 × 4.5 × 4.5 inches (applies to each individual) Unopened...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

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  • KAWS Small Lie Set of 3
  • KAWS Small Lie Set of 3
  • KAWS Small Lie Set of 3
H 11 in. W 4.5 in. D 4.5 in.
KAWS Small Lie Brown (KAWS Companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Brown Small Lie Companion 2017: Medium: Vinyl Figurine Dimensions: 11 × 4.5 × 4.5 inches. Unopened; excellent condition Published by Medicom Japan. From an unnumbered editio...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Small Lie Brown (KAWS Companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Brown Small Lie Companion 2017: Medium: Vinyl Figurine Dimensions: 11 × 4.5 × 4.5 inches. Unopened; excellent condition Published by Medicom Japan. From an unnumbered editio...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Small Lie complete set of 2 (KAWS companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Kaws Small Lie: Set of 2. Each new and sealed in their original packaging. Medium: Vinyl Year: 2017 Dimensions: 11 × 4.5 × 4.5 inches (applies to each individual) Unopened; excell...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Street Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Small Lie complete set of 3 (KAWS companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Small Lie: Set of Three. Each new and sealed in their original packaging. Medium: Painted cast vinyl. Year: 2017. Dimensions: 11 × 4.5 × 4.5 inches (applies to each individual...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Prints and Multiples

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

Guadian Dogs (Small lying down)
By Kenjiro Kitade
Located in New York, NY
Guardians of temples or shrines placed on each side of entrance, believed to ward off Evil Spirits.
They look Angry, but not at You.
They are Protecting you from Bad Spirits! The m...
Category

2010s Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Clay, Terracotta, Glaze

KAWS: Small Lie (Black) - Vinyl Sculpture. Urban, Street art, Pop Art
By KAWS
Located in Madrid, Madrid
Small Lie (Black) Date of creation: 2017 Medium: Sculpture Media: Vinyl Edition: Unknown and sold out Size: 27.5 x 12.3 x 13 cm Observations: Vinyl sculpture published in 2017 by KAW...
Category

2010s Other Art Style Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Plastic

KAWS: Small Lie (Black) - Vinyl Sculpture. Urban, Street art, Pop Art
By KAWS
Located in Madrid, Madrid
Small Lie (Black) Date of creation: 2017 Medium: Sculpture Media: Vinyl Edition: Unknown and sold out Size: 27.5 x 12.3 x 13 cm Observations: Vinyl sculpture published in 2017 by KAW...
Category

2010s Other Art Style Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Plastic

KAWS Small Lie complete set of 3 (KAWS brown, black & grey companions)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS SMALL LIE: Complete Set of Three. Each new and sealed in their original packaging. These KAWS figurative pieces are a rendition of Small Lie produced in collaboration with Qatar...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Prints and Multiples

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS: Small Lie (Grey) - Vinyl Sculpture. Urban, Street art, Pop Art
By KAWS
Located in Madrid, Madrid
Small Lie (Grey) Date of creation: 2017 Medium: Sculpture Media: Vinyl Edition: Unknown and sold out Size: 27.5 x 12.3 x 13 cm Observations: Vinyl sculpture published in 2017 by KAWS...
Category

2010s Other Art Style Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Plastic

Small Lie For Sale on 1stDibs

Surely you’ll find the exact small lie you’re seeking on 1stDibs — we’ve got a vast assortment for sale. You can easily find an example made in the Contemporary style, while we also have 5 Contemporary versions to choose from as well. Adding a small lie to a room that is mostly decorated in warm neutral tones can yield a welcome change — find a piece on 1stDibs that incorporates elements of black, gray and more. Artworks like these of any era or style can make for thoughtful decor in any space, but a selection from our variety of those made in paint, synthetic resin paint and vinyl paint can add an especially memorable touch.

How Much is a Small Lie?

The price for an artwork of this kind can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — a small lie in our inventory may begin at $275 and can go as high as $4,500, while the average can fetch as much as $795.

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.

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