KAWS exhibition opens Sept. 9 at Tulane’s Newcomb Art Museum

August 4, 2015

Barri Bronston
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KAWS: Flight Time

KAWS, considered one of the foremost artists of his generation, brings his celebrated pop-culture style, oversized sculpture and acrylic paintings to Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University Sept. 9 for a four-month stay.

“A SHARED SPACE: KAWS, KARL WIRSUM AND TOMOO GOKITA,” will be housed at Newcomb Art Museum through Jan. 3.

The exhibition opens with an art talk from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 9 featuring KAWS in conversation with Newcomb Art Museum director Mónica Ramírez-Montagut at Dixon Hall on Tulane’s uptown campus. A reception will follow from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the museum. Both events are free and open to the public.

The exhibition presents new work by KAWS, aka Brian Donnelly, alongside pieces from his collection by two artists, Karl Wirsum and Tomoo Gokita. It will be the first time that KAWS shows his works in this manner.

“Ultimately for me, understanding art and artists leads you to other art and artists,” said KAWS, who makes his home in Brooklyn. “It’s a never-ending conversation, and it’s exciting.”

“Artists like KAWS surround themselves with works they deem interesting and instructive—even critical—to spark their own creativity,” said Ramírez-Montagut. “Their collections are as much a source of personal delight as they are a site for the ongoing exchange of ideas.”

The exhibition features 17 works by KAWS, including shaped canvases referencing pop-culture characters and COMPANION (PASSING THROUGH), a 16-foot-tall outdoor sculpture that employs several of the artist’s signature motifs such as its allusion to animated cartoon figures and its inflated skull with gloved hands covering its face.

Also comprising the show are 26 works by Wirsum, including drawings, paintings, and sculptures dating back to 1968, as well as nine portraits and one sculpture by Gokita.


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