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KAWS: FINAL DAYS

March 31, 2014
Asja Nastasijevic is an Art Historian with the major in Modern Art. She's involved in art writing and criticism for several years now. Art is her passion and writing about it is both work and pleasure. Among modern art movements she loves Fauvism, Abstract Expressionism, and POP ART and her favorite artists are Henri Matisse, Mark Rothko and Andy Warhol. She fell in love with Street Art when she first saw ROA’s Sleepy Pigs in Brussels few years ago. Since then, she devotedly explores this form of artistic expression. She hates when someone asks her whether the street art is a real art. What makes any art a real art? Art is an evolutionary act with constant changes in its performance. In Asja’s opinion, the real art is what you want to hang on the walls of your living room, as simple as that. So she wants to hang the works of Ron English, Gaia and ROA above her TV cabinet or to place the artworks of Mark Jenkins and Isaac Cordal next to her sofa. She enjoys bowling and doodling.

It’s amusing to think that when I work on a large-format piece in bronze or wood it’s termed sculpture but if I do the same piece in plastic on a small scale it’s called a toy. – KAWS.

KAWS just opened his big museum exhibition at CAC Málaga. The exhibition, named FINAL DAYS, is designed under the curation of Fernando Francés and presents five large-format sculptures in wood of KAWS’ celebrated Companion, which are among his best known figures, alongside others cartoon characters such as Kurf or Pinocchio.  While the Companion relies on the iconography of famous Mickey Mouse, Kurf was inspired by the cartoon Smurfs. Even though both models are iconic pop characters by their own merit, KAWS’ versions have become recognizable pop icons themselves.

KAWS’ familiar figures will stay on view at CAC Málaga until June 22nd.

Companion sculpture
KAWS: FINAL DAYS at CAC Malaga

Black Sculptures

The works in the present exhibition have never previously been exhibited, incorporating new elements such as the treatment of the wood and a different color range. The six black figures, in various sizes, poses and expressions, exhibited in one large room draw special attention. The centerpiece is a gigantic 6 m tall and 11 ton Kurf sculpture, leaning over the smaller Companion and Pinocchio statues. On occasions KAWS has noted that his characters adopt those poses because they reflect how he would feel if he was continually observed.

Companion sculpture
KAWS: FINAL DAYS at CAC Malaga

About KAWS

KAWS, aka Brian Donnelly, was born in New Jersey in 1974. He studied Fine Arts at the School Visual of Arts in New York. In 2008 he held his first solo exhibition at the Gering & López gallery in New York. He has exhibited in galleries, art centers and museums around the world, including Galerie Perrotin in . After completing his studies, KAWS went to Japan where he made contact with the emerging Art & Toys movement, based on the collecting of limited edition toys designed and made by artists. Soon after, KAWS became one of the first western artists to start producing art & vinyl toys. His art stands within the historical continuum that began with Pop Art deftly balancing between fine art and consumerism.

Companion sculpture
KAWS: FINAL DAYS at CAC Malaga

About CAC Málaga

The CAC Málaga is a cultural initiative of The City Council of Malaga. Its aim is the promotion and dissemination of 20th and 21st Century visual art. The CAC Málaga was officially opened in 2003. It brings new cultural possibilities in the south of Spain. Tthe centre was specifically created with the intention of becoming an international reference point.

Companion sculpture
KAWS: FINAL DAYS at CAC Malaga