The Evolution of KAWS' Street Art Aesthetic | Brilliant Ideas Ep. 29

The Evolution of KAWS' Street Art Aesthetic | Brilliant Ideas Ep. 29

June 13 — KAWS, real name Brian Donnelly, is considered one of the relevant artists of his generation. Born 1974 in New Jersey and now based in Brooklyn, his instantly recognizable aesthetic has attracted a devoted following of fans all over the world. Famously medium agnostic, KAWS’ huge body of work straddles the worlds of art and design to include street art, graphic and product design, paintings, murals and large‐scale sculptures. He made his name in the New York graffiti scene in the 1990s where he frequently tagged walls and freight trains with the letters K A W S.

He regularly exhibits in museums and galleries internationally and has found a wide audience through high-profile collaborations with industry leaders including Nike, Uniqlo, MTV, Pharrell Williams and Kanye West.

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  1. You can be an artist with no conscious intention but when Bloomberg covers your project you got to understand they've got their own interest. Modern graffiti is usually a visual protest against consumerism, lack of sense in society, public blindness – not very funny from the establishment's point of view. The fact that Bloomberg is covering it means (for me personally) they are trying to powder our brains, introducing non-existent complex meanings into his work, and as a result – learning how to manage the protest art. the benefit is obvious. Ask Mr.Chomsky.

  2. Kaws did something real when he created the character and put it in unexpected situations, he changed something, but now all this repetition is just a gimmick.

  3. It's like anything else , if you can get certain people to buy into something then others buy into it ….Currency is printed art/ numbers on paper and we use it because it has perceived worth yet it's just paper and ink . Art can be used as currency as well which has perceived worth initially by a few because they say it has worth and from there others are told it has worth and then others believe it as well . In countries that have hyperinflation the currency becomes worthless yet it's the same ink and paper . If you get enough of the right people in the art world to say your art is worth something they promote it and others buy into that perceived worth .

  4. Kaws is dope, but I feel an impeccable amount of white privilege here. The negative gang banging vandalism connotation most graffiti artist get seems to leap right over this guy

  5. His characters r def lit. Doesn’t matter it has deep meaning or simply looking cool. No art is meaningless. It always represent artists themselves at least. However, as a fan, what really disappointed me is he didn’t create anything else new stuff since these classic pieces were displayed for ages. Artist is all about creation. I’m so keen to see Brian make new stuff with Kaws’ style to keep up refreshing us. 🙂

  6. i am very interested to know about this artist, since a saw photo images, 2019, published in instagram, of his so called sculptures, in Doha – Qatar, a lot of money in this country of course, also understand Qatarie peolpe are very naive, so sad. there are thousand of graffiti artist around the globe, Kaws is just one more, the fever to be a pop artist in USA, find the real demand in the rich North American Public, also so sad, no criteria in art in general. Kaws look better perhaps in Walt Disney, or in a movie in Hollywood, i think he is an artist interested in produce money. for sure he will be able to sell a lot of that lovely TOYS, childrens will adore.

  7. I’ve never see any other artist get this much media, or hype, publicity and acclaim. Yes he is awesome and I love the concept but I doesn’t feel natural progress in art world and make me feel this a marketing strategy for a toy. What makes it valuable is the popularity and limited drops, exclusivities and I don’t think it was a natural progression because it was multiple continents we see this happening more and more like supreme, its the strategy they used to sell making it desirable. If these were on a shelf at Walmart,it wouldn’t become what is .

  8. Bendy is now just a soulless imagery multiplied through different medium to generate massive revenue. A bubble that'll eventually inflate itself to explosion when the public gets tired of showing off their involvement with it through social media. The art collectors are just opportunists feeding off of the trend.

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