KAWS Under Fire in China for Work Depicting Mao

October 3rd, 2019

Artist KAWS has come under fire in China after a 2002 work depicting Chairman Mao in his trademark style was put up for sale at Sotheby’s Hong Kong. “I would never create an artwork that tries to offend any individual person, group, or country,” the artist wrote on Instagram. “I have always worked with popular imagery, just as I did in 2001 when the artwork was created. The [Mao] artwork was not politically motivated then, and should not be used politically now.”

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