One of the world’s most acclaimed artists, KAWS (Brian Donnelly) brings the same level of complexity and skill to his printmaking as he does to his painting, sculpture, and editioned works, which unite the worlds of design, popular culture, and fine art. Since his groundbreaking exhibition at the High in 2012, KAWS has taken the world by storm with monumental sculptural installations and major exhibitions across the United States, Asia, and Europe. His work is known by millions worldwide because, from the outset of his career, he has embraced the democratic principle of making his work as accessible as possible in the tradition of American pop art through editions of multiples, toys, and prints.
KAWS (American, born 1974), PAPER SMILE, 2012, silkscreen on paper, gift of the artist, 2012.154. © KAWS, image courtesy KAWS INC.
KAWS’s work is grounded in a deep and sustained involvement with graphic art and printmaking, from his early “subvertisements” to the sumptuous, painstakingly crafted screenprints of the last decade. KAWS PRINTS will feature all KAWS’s editioned prints in the High’s collection, including the portfolios UPS AND DOWNS (2013), BLAME GAME (2014), NO REPLY (2015), MAN’S BEST FRIEND (2015), THE NEWS (2017), TENSION (2019), and URGE (2021), as well as single-image editions, bringing the pop art tradition of silkscreen printing—from Warhol, Lichtenstein, and Haring to KAWS—full circle.
This exhibition is organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta.
KAWS (American, born 1974), YOU SHOULD KNOW I KNOW, 2015, screenprint on paper, gift of the artist, 2016.57. © KAWS, image courtesy KAWS INC.
DECEMBER 3, 2021–MARCH 27, 2022
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Located in the heart of Atlanta, the High Museum of Art connects with audiences from across the Southeast and around the world through its distinguished collection, dynamic schedule of special exhibitions and engaging community-focused programs. Housed within facilities designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architects Richard Meier and Renzo Piano, the High features a collection of more than 18,000 works of art, including an extensive anthology of 19th- and 20th-century American fine and decorative arts; major holdings of photography and folk and self-taught work, especially that of artists from the American South; burgeoning collections of modern and contemporary art, including paintings, sculpture, new media and design; a growing collection of African art, with work dating from prehistory through the present; and significant holdings of European paintings and works on paper. The High is dedicated to reflecting the diversity of its communities and offering a variety of exhibitions and educational programs that engage visitors with the world of art, the lives of artists and the creative process.