Photos by Travis K.
Highlighted by its ever increase in importance, Hong Kong International Art Fair is set to open this Thursday, May 17th. To coincide with the multitude of festivities, exhibitions, and gallery openings, several notable artist will also take part, including Brian Donnelly, or better known as KAWS, at the newly established Galerie Perrotin Hong Kong. Titled The Nature of Need, the exhibition will be KAWS’ first solo exhibition in Asia. In addition, its the debut event for Galerie Perrotin Hong Kong, the Parisian gallery’s newest outpost. In person to celebrate this milestone for KAWS and Galerie Perrotin was Edison Chen and several other local celebrities . There were fellow artists as well, including a rare appearance by Takashi Murakami, who’s represented by the gallery too.
Concentrating on KAWS’ latest paintings, the exhibit is a contrast between both the familiar and the unfamiliar. Dominating on one side is CHUM, the Michelin Man-inspired caricature. And while its been a staple at majority of KAWS’ shows in the past, the contrast silhouette, heighten by the cropped canvas’ contours brought about a hint of menacing stature. The same goes with several other works, including an expansive group of 50 vertical paintings, each at a domineering height of 7 feet by 1 foot in width. The overall ambience is one to challenge audience to go beyond the common perceptions of KAWS’ works.
The Nature of Need by KAWS will be on view at Galerie Perrotin Hong Kong from now till June 30th.
Galerie Perrotin Hong Kong
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Exhibition Dates: Now – June 30th, 2012 (Saturday)