August 28 2014

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6 posts tagged "KAWS"

Marina’s Must-Haves: Adam McEwen’s Pink Print


Adam McEwen

On my wish list today is a print by British artist Adam McEwen. This work is part of charity ACRIA’s Unframed auction, which aims to raise funds for HIV research. Starting today, you can log on to and bid on a selection of artworks curated by Ales Ortuzar. The auction, which includes items from artists like Ryan McGinley, KAWS, and Mark Flood will close at ACRIA’s benefit on April 9. Will you help support the cause?

Adam McEwen’s Untitled, 2014, inkjet printed sponge mounted on an aluminum panel, 38 1/4 x 28 3/8 inches (97 x 72 cm). Bid now at

RxArt: Just What the Doctor Ordered


Diane Brown, Kenny Scharf“Art on the wall of children’s hospitals? You’d have to be a monster not to support it!” exclaimed ArtBinder founder Alexandra Chemia from the entrance of Lever House last night. She’s talking about the work of RxArt, the thirteen-year-old nonprofit that held its packed-to-capacity annual party at the Park Avenue mainstay last night. The event brought in the likes of Nate Lowman, Rob Pruitt, Agnes Gund, André Saraiva, and so many others—all for a little silent (and with help from Simon de Pury, not so silent) bidding, champagne, and mingling to support a cause that, as more than a few attendees were quick to point out, is hard not to rally around.

The guest of honor was Kenny Scharf (above), the colorful Pop artist whose video installation project was unveiled on the stairs of the pediatric unit of Brooklyn’s Kings County Hospital earlier in the day. “Basically, I feel very honored to make some kind of light in these kids’ lives,” said Scharf of his involvement. The artist, who’s in between “murals and car bombs,” also donated a customized work for the evening’s live auction. “He’ll paint your garage doors, your walls, your facade, your motorbike—whatever you want him to paint…your body, maybe?” mused de Pury before the frantic bidding began.

“It’s too early to talk, but yeah, we’re planning on doing a hospital project,” revealed a soft-spoken KAWS. The artist is preparing to show in New York for the first time since 2008 this November. “I met Diane [Brown, founder of RxArt, pictured above] a few years ago, and I’m always happy to be involved with whatever she’s up to,” he added. Artist Erik Parker concurred, offering, “It’s a no-brainer.”

Photo: Joe Schildhorn /

Big Shots: Jason Wu and Nate Lowman Team Up for ACRIA


Jason Wu x Nate Lowman's T-shirt

Last year, ACRIA—the pioneering HIV/AIDS research foundation with a strong foothold in the design world—founded its Young Friends section, a branch conceived to engage and attract new supporters from the fields of art, fashion, film, et al. On June 13, member Jason Wu is set to sponsor and host the initiative’s first official event here in New York. And as a prelude to the soiree, he tapped artist and pal Nate Lowman for a limited-edition collaboration. The result? A unisex T-shirt, screened with one of Lowman’s infamous, shot-through-the-middle air fresheners.

“It was originally an aluminum silkscreened piece that was actually quite large,” Wu told “Nate’s signature is reappropriating everyday things.” The print is instantly recognizable—a pared-down little pine tree shadowed and patterned with a blown-up Xerox effect. No stranger to link-ups with visual artists, Wu offered, “I’ve always loved working with such creative individuals—I remember working with KAWS.” (Together they created prints for Spring/Summer 2012.) As for Lowman’s signature bullet hole, Wu is a fan. “It made for an iconic motif,” he said.

The Jason Wu x Nate Lowman T-shirt is available for $175 from today at (proceeds will go to the foundation). For tickets to the Young Friends of ACRIA’s Summer Soiree, contact

Photo: Courtesy Photo

It’s A Good Day To Friend Mark Zuckerberg, And More of the Day’s Top Stories


It’s probably been a pretty happy birthday for Mark Zuckerberg (pictured), Facebook’s baby-faced CEO, who turned 28 this week: The company’s initial public offering today is targeted to raise $16.4 billion and be the third largest in financial history. (The initial share price is $38.) Could a trade-up from his much-maligned hoodies be next? [WWD]

Zuckerberg isn’t the only guy smiling: U2 front man Bono is reaping the rewards of Facebook’s IPO as well. Through his private equity firm, Elevation Partners, Bono owns 2.3 percent of Facebook. This morning’s offering will earn a reported $1.5 billion and make the man the world’s richest rocker—a title he takes over from Sir Paul McCartney. [The Hollywood Reporter]

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade is getting a shot of street culture thanks to KAWS, who has been tapped to create his own balloon. The artist (a.k.a. Brian Donnelly) plans to inflate his Companion character, who originally made his debut last summer when he was positioned at the entrance of the Standard hotel in New York. [NYT]

Sixties fashion icon Peggy Moffitt is still rocking her signature look—five-point haircut included—and she shows it off in a Phil Pinto-directed film shot at her Los Angeles home. The model and muse, who worked closely with designer Rudi Gernreich and photographer William Claxton (her husband), reminisces about her favorite fashion memories. [NOWNESS]




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New Yorkers know KAWS as the Brooklyn kid who introduced Kate Moss and other top nineties models to an adorable ghostly character by doctoring it into glossy fashion adverts at bus stops across the city. The artist was famed for removing ads from their cases with an illegally acquired skeleton key, altering them, and returning them to their original spot. However, for his latest show opening tonight uptown at New York’s Gering & López Gallery, KAWS’ art involves no untoward activity. The artist presents 33 life-size bronze sculptures of his own severed head—albeit in candy colors—alongside new paintings and sculptures of his perennial character Companion’s much cuter skull. The exhibition is up until December 23 at 730 Fifth Avenue.