This year New York’s Rizzoli will be publishing and releasing a new 256-page page book that provides an retrospective look into one of the most influential artist’s of our generation, KAWS. This book comes on the heels of some other notable Rizzoli publications including Kanye West’s “Glow in the Dark” book, Supreme’s “Downtown Skate Culture” book, as well as the A Bathing Ape (BAPE) book. While the release date of the KAWS book has not been confirmed, here is a preview of the cover art for the book. via Guillotine // Rizzoli
A vibrant look at the celebrated artist and designer KAWS. 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 infamous 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 GarÃ§ons, Levis, Lucas Films, The Simpsons, Nike, Supreme, and Marc Jacobs; and Japanese companies such as A Bathing Ape, Undercover, and Visvim.