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Go See: Street art icon KAWS, curated by Pharrell Williams of N.E.R.D, at Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Miami, through November 15

September 23rd, 2008


KAWS with SpongeBob acrylic piece included in his exhibit Saturated, via hypebeast

This weekend marked the opening of Saturated, KAWS’ first solo show since 2002. The exhibition held at Miami’s Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin was curated by Pharrell Williams of N.E.R.D fame and included pop-art acrylic works inline with the artists signature style. The paintings’ subjects included animated icons SpongeBob SquarePants and the Smurfs. The collection like previous work by KAWS includes well known imagery as an attempt to be produce art that is universally understood, transcending languages and cultures. The artist who came to fame in the early 90’s through subverting images on billboard, bus shelter, and phone booth advertisements has previously reworked the animated icons The Simpons, Mickey Mouse, and Michelin Man among others.

Interview: KAWS [The Moment]
KAWS’ Saturated at Emmanuel Perrotin [The World's Best Ever]
KAWS “Saturated” Show Opening [hypebeast]
Opening Nite: KAWS’ “Saturated” [supertouch]

KAWS roots lie in graffiti art though his past work has varied and includes a short stint at Disney where he worked as an animator. Currently KAWS primarily works as a designer of limited edition toys and clothing.


Untitled (SpongeBob) by KAWS via hypebeast


Untitled (Smurfs) by KAWS via hypebeast


Pharrell Williams who curated the exhibit above wearing a diamond encrusted pendant designed by KAWS as part of his KAWS Blitz line, via DJ Bobby Trends.

A toy figurine for KAWS’ toy and clothing line Original Fake via KAWSONE.


No stranger to reworking animations the above piece entitled the Kimpsons was painted by the artist in 2001, via atinycity.

3 Responses to “Go See: Street art icon KAWS, curated by Pharrell Williams of N.E.R.D, at Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Miami, through November 15”

  1. Jolene Lee Says:

    Hi, I saw one of your art pieces in Singapore at ‘Ambush ‘ Shop, not sure if you are the artist for it..Cause i am really interested in the art piece and was told you are from Japan??? Do get back to me asap..cause i hoping to find the art piece from you…

  2. Pat McCarthy Says:

    Yo, i saw your art of spongebob and family guy and just thought it was awesome how you put your own twist on the characters without changing them that much. I am an inspiring artist, where did you get your inspiration?

  3. david Says:

    any kaws tattoo ideas?

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