If you missed opening night of the KAWS Exhibition, fear not, there’s another chance to party with The Companion. PAFA (Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts) is hosting KAWS AFTER DARK.

Here’s PAFA’s rundown of the nights’ Highlights:

-Get down and funky with DJ Foxx Boogie all night long -Watch out for pop-up dance battles by the Repstyles Crew in the galleries -Participate in a “KIMPSONS” Trivia Contest and show off your knowledge of all things Simpsons-related -Make a KAWS-inspired button to take home -Tour the installations of old and new art with curators and artists from PAFA’s staff -Enter a raffle to win a limited edition KAWS exhibition poster

I suspect tickets will go pretty fast for the event – so pop over to the PAFA Site and reserve yours now.

PAFA After Dark: KAWS

Thursday, November 7th, 6-9 pm.



The KAWS empire has taken one step closer to the moon. On August 25th, the MTV Video Music Awards are going to reveal a little upgrade.

The flag holding, Buzz Aldrin-inspired silhouette of nearly 30 years is receiving a temporary redesign by New York-based artist KAWS. The chrome MTV KAWS trophy is 13-inches tall, and riffing on the original it will present the Companion in a spacesuit, holding a flag with the MTV logo.


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MTV president Stephen Friedman says that the new KAWS figure was made special for the Brooklyn broadcast of the VMAs at the Barclay Center – so I guess this is a one shot deal. Brooklyn based KAWS artist, Brian Donnelly will also design a 60-foot-tall inflatable KAWS Moonman for the VMA stage.

You can check a cool 360 view of the KAWS statue here.


It’s nice to see MTV doing something a bit more progressive in the arts arena – it’s been to long.

*photo credit: MTV / via MTV Buzzworthy


KAWS Installation at 30th Street Station

What an evolution – the street artist known at KAWS is best known to most of us for his creation, The Companion.  For the past few years have felt like a burgeoning KAWS explosion.  Forget that fact that I tend to see his toys everywhere, but then in 2011 ‘The Companion’ created a lot of buzz when it showed up at the Armory Show.

Then in 2012, he scores a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon – I’d love to know how they go about deciding what artists will get to watch his creation cruise down New York Streets.  It’s a coveted spot, not to mention for a street artist, when you don’t expect that type of art gets lots of attention from the Macy’s decision makers.

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Now his sculpture work is part of an exhibition being taken around the world. The Companion will sit in several places throughout 2013.  Including my hometown, Philadelphia come April 11th, 2013.  Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in collaboration with Amtrak is bringing the 16 foot-tall Companion sculpture to rest at 30th Station.

Kaw’s Companion will be there until May 14th, then it’s hauled away for some other city to enjoy.  Lucky for us, it’s departure won’t signify the end, but the arrival of the KAWS Sculpture Plinth exhibit at PAFA.


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