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Brooklyn-based artist and designer KAWS studied illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York and has exhibited his work internationally. He has had solo shows at The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT; Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Miami, FL; BAPE Gallery, Tokyo, Japan; Elms Lesters Painting Room, London, UK; MU Art Foundation, Eindhoven, Netherlands, and Colette, Paris, France. He has exhibited throughout the globe in Paris, Lille, Copenhagen, Tokyo, Athens, Los Angeles, and New York.


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Born 1974 Jersey City, NJ
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY
www.kawsone.com


EDUCATION

1996
BFA School of Visual Arts, New York, NY


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014
Play Your Part, Galeria Javier Lopez, Madrid, Spain

2013
Ohhh…, Kaikai Kiki, Tokyo, Japan

2012
The Nature of Need, Galerie Perrotin Hong Kong, China
KAWS: Down Time, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA

2011
Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2010
Pay the Debt to Nature, Emanuel Perrotin Paris, France
The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
Galería Javier López, Madrid, Spain
Passing Through, Harbour City, Hong Kong

2009
The Long Way Home, Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2008
Gering & López Gallery, New York, NY
Saturated, curated by Pharrell Williams, Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Miami, FL (traveled)

2003
Original Fake, BAPE Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2002
Elms Lesters Painting Room, London, UK
C9, MU Art Foundation, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

2001
Tokyo First, Parco Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

1999
Colette, Paris, France


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2011
Printer’s Proof: 10th Anniversary of Axelle Editions, Bertrand Delacroix Gallery, New York, NY

2010
The Reflected Gaze: Self Portraiture Today, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA
USA Today, Centro Torrente Ballester, Ferrol, A Coruña, Spain
Street Smart, Affirmation Arts, New York, NY
SugiPOP!, Portsmouth Museum of Art, Portsmouth, NH
OHWOW: It Ain't Fair 2010, Art Basel Miami Beach 2010, Miami, FL

2009
Alpha Exotica, Hydra School Projects, Hydra, Greece
First Look: An Exhibition of Emerging Artists from Los Angeles Galleries, House of Campari, Los Angeles, CA
Stages, Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France (traveled)
Plastic Culture: Legacies of Pop 1986 - 2008, Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, UK; traveled to The Exchange, Penzance, UK, and
Bradford 1, Bradford, UK
Urban Art: Works from the Reinking Collection, Weserburg Museum of Modern Art, Bremen, Germany
The New Yorkers, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
I Can't Feel My Face, Curated by KAWS, Royal-T, Los Angeles, CA

2008
Everything Else, Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, NY
Sex & Erotica, Gallery 1313, Toronto, Canada

2007
POPcentric, Gering & López Gallery, New York, NY

2006
Info Babble, Richard & Dolly Maass Gallery, Purchase, NY
Ugly Winners, Galerie Du Juor Agnes B., Paris, France

2005
Highmath, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

2004
Beautiful Losers, Curated by Aaron Rose & Christian Strike, traveled to Le Tri Postal, Lille, France; Palazzo Dell'Arte, Milan, Italy; USF Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, FL; Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD; Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA; Yerba Buena Arts Center, San Francisco, CA; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH

2003
SK8 on the Wall, Parco Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2002
Session The Bowl, Deitch Projects, New York, NY
ALIFE Shop, Deitch Projects, New York, NY
Coded Language, City Gallery Chastain , Atlanta, GA

2001
Shortcuts, Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, Athens, Greece
Pierides Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece
New Acquisitions from the Dakis Joannou Collection, Deste Foundation, Athens, Greece


GRANTS

1998
Pernod Liquid Art Award


MONOGRAPHS

KAWS C10, Introduced by Carlo McCormick. Seattle: Neverstop, 2002.
KAWS. KAWS Exposed. Seattle: ARO Space, 1999.
Kawachi, Taka and Akio E-da, eds. KAWS One. Tokyo: Little More, 2001.


SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

Tobey Macguire, "Kaws", Interview Magazine, May 11, 2010.
Meier, Jana. "100 Most Creative People In Business." Fast Company. May 2009.
Plastic Culture. Harris Museum and Art Gallery. Preston, Great Britain. 2009.
Ollman, Leah. "KAWS at Honor Fraser Gallery." Los Angeles Times. 05 March 2009.
Lee, Chris. "KAWS opening causes a commotion in Culver City." Los Angeles Times. 23 February 2009.
Lee, Chris. "Tag, this artist is definitely it." Los Angeles Times, 21 February 2009.
"I Can't Feel My Face." Los Angeles Times. 19 February 2009.
Robinson, Walter. "KAWS & Kanye in Times Square." ARTNET NEWS. 13 January 2009.
"Q&A with KAWS." Eyescream. December 2008. p. 14 – 21.
Pak, Eudie. "KAWS He Said So." Village Voice. November 2008.
"Talk With KAWS." Touch. 28 October 2008. p. 55 – 67.
Dumenco, Simon. "Ones to Watch." Details. October 2008.
Indrisek, Scott. "Artistic Cycles." ARTnews. September 2008. p 50.
"NERD Nose What's Up." Complex. August/September 2008. Cover, p. 74 – 77.
Haskell, Robert. "Home Boy." Fashion Rocks. Fall 2008.
Hollingworth, Thomas. "KAWS and Effect." Florida Inside Out. Fall 2008. p. 70.
Suzuki, Satoko. Wonderwall: Masamichi Katayama Projects No 2. p. 218 – 224.
Fowler, Brendan. "KAWS." ANP Quarterly. Volume 2, Number 1. p. 45 - 57
Abbott, Jeremy. "KAWS." i-D. July 2008. p. cover, 10, 14-15, 20-21, 28-29, 32, 46-47, 54, 59,
65, 66, 68-70, 74, 76-84, 90, 104-105, 110, 114, 152, 159 and 161
Dupouy-La MJC, Michael. "KAWS, le companion idéal." Jalouse. Sept. 2007: p. 162-163
St. Pierre, Louisa. "Rebel with A…" Spread. Spring 2007. p. 68 – 71.
Healy, Murray. "Graffiti Artist Turned Gallery Artist Turned Art Toy Maker, KAWS." Pop. Feb. 2007:
p. 260-265
Walker, Rob. "New Looks." The New York Times Magazine. Aug. 3, 2008: p. 13
Nakamura, Eric. "KAWS and Effect." Giant Robot. Issue 35, 2005.
Rose, Aaron and Christian Strike. Beautiful Losers. 2004.
McCormick, Carlo. "KAWS." Juxtapoz. Summer 2004.

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Paper Magazine

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Giant Robot
2010

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Uomo Vogue
December 2010

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Clark Magazine
November 2010

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Complex
August - September 2010

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The Jersey Journal
June 2010

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The Jersey Journal
June 2010

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Artnet
June 2010

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Interview
May 11, 2010

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Interview
May 2010

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Interview
May 2010

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Interview
May 2010

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ARTnews
November 2009

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Interview Magazine
September 2009

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Fast Company
May 2009

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New York Magazine
March 9, 2009

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Los Angeles Times
February 23, 2009

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Los Angeles Times
February 21, 2009

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Los Angeles Times
February 19, 2009

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Artnet News
January 2009

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ANP Quarterly
2009

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Village Voice
November 2008

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Details
October 2008

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ARTnews
September 2008

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Florida InsideOut
September 2008

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New York Times Magazine
August 3, 2008

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Complex Magazine
August/September 2008

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i-D Magazine
July 2008

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Jalouse
September 2007

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