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Kaws Cover Art 'New York Magazine, 2009

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After previously working on the covers of ID magazine and complex, Kaws did the cover art for New York Magazine’s “Best Of New York 2009” issue. Approximately measures: 9 x 12 inches, minor signs of handling; otherwise very good condition, full issue, well-intact. Well-suited for framing. New York Magazine press-release, 2009: "This year, we invited a handful of designers to submit ideas for our “Best of New York” cover. They included Brooklyn-based street artist Kaws, book-jacket designer Evan Gaffney and magazine and book designer Tom Brown. There were many wonderful submissions, some of which we’ve published here. In the end, we decided to go with the design by Kaws, it seemed the most optimistic and we felt we could all use a little optimism these days. The career of Kaws, a.k.a. Brian Donnelly, has skyrocketed recently: Just last year, he opened two solo exhibitions (in Miami and at Gering & López Gallery on Fifth Avenue) and designed Kanye West’s latest album cover, which recently appeared on a Times Square billboard. He was in L.A. opening another solo show (the line reportedly stretched 700 yards down La Cienega) when he got our call to participate, so he faxed in a sketch from his hotel room. “As soon as I heard ‘Best of New York,’ I thought, great, text I’ll bang it out,” he says. “But it actually took me a long time. I always have a general idea of how I want the letters to look, but then they’ll get their own personalities as I’m drawing them.” About Kaws “Kaws” are a graffiti artist, illustrator, painter, sculptor, product designer and toymaker. His cartoonish style, including his best-known characters with X-ed out eyes has its roots in his early career as a street artist, when he began replacing advertisements with his own, masterful acrylic paintings in the early, 1990s. 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 reimagined versions of pop characters like Mickey Mouse and the Michelin Man.   

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    Kaws 1 (Artist)
  • Date of Manufacture
    2009
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    LU2462317319272
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