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Just BeKAWS

November 14, 2009

Kaws Book Announced by Rizolli:

Kaws Book Announced by Rizzoli

Rizzoli continues to put out very strong titles on and by people from our culture in the last couple of years (as of recent the A Bathing Ape Book). For Spring/Summer 2010 the book publisher will come out with the Supreme book by Aaron Bondaroff and today we learned that a book entirely concentrating on the life and career of New York artist Kaws will also be released.

“This comprehensive monograph explores KAWS’s art career in depth, from his early street art interventions to his recent send-ups of familiar cultural icons. With wit, irreverence, and even affection, KAWS takes infa- mous entertainment characters such as the Simpsons and the Smurfs and traps them in plastic blister packages while reinterpreting their appearance. The packaged “Kimpsons” and “Kurfs” are new types of hybrid artworks that both serve and criticize contemporary consumer culture. Also featured is KAWS’s astute and prolific body of commercial work, including apparel from his Japanese store OriginalFake, a partnership with Medicom Toy, as well as product design, limited-edition toys, graphic designs; collaborations with architect Masamichi Katayama and artists Hajime Sorayama, Todd James, and Mark Dean Veca; collaborations with companies including Comme des Garçons, Levis, Lucas Films, The Simpsons, Nike, Supreme, and Marc Jacobs; and Japanese companies such as A Bathing Ape, Undercover, and Visvim.”

The book will be released sometime in June.

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