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.
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 COMPANION COMES TO PHILLY
It has come to pass…the KAWS Companion has landed at 30th Street Station.
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in collaboration with Amtrak bought the 16 foot-tall Companion sculpture to rest at 30th Station.
Kaws Companion will be there until May 14th, then it’ll be 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.
*image credit: Ginger Rudolph
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.
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.
This if officially the number #1 reason I’m pissed that my holiday flight out is tomorrow morning, because I’m going to miss the new KAWS Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon. These past few years Macy’s has gone all artsy with their new balloon additions- and let’s face it, no complaints here. It’s great to see recognizable art/street art figures being represented in such a main stream event. So now KAWS joins the Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami, Tom Otterness and Tim Burton balloons.
What’s next year’s surprise Macy’s?…I’m waiting.
And what an evolution for KAWS…street artist to galleries, showing at the Armory and now a big 40-foot-long Macy’s balloon. What’s the bigger honor I wonder?
Damien Hirst x Converse (PRODUCT)RED Chuck Taylor All Star
Yes, sometimes Damien Hirst is full of himself. And yes, I think that stepping out in his limited-edition Chuck Taylor high-tops will do nothing to deflate that huge ego. Then again…Damien Hirst doesn’t know I exist. And ten percent of the sale of these Converse’s are slated to be donated to the The Global Fund to Fight Aids.
OriginalFake x Medicom Toy Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket
It’s the first time I’ve wanted Disney memorabilia since I was…well, nevermind the age. At least the signature Kaws’ skull head and crosses won’t make you feel like you just skipped out of the Magic Kingdom. www.kawsone.com
Pretend like you remember what it was like to own a walkman. Though I know the mock stop, forward, pause, rewind-function will have some of you remembering having to flip the tape over. Only your old skool walkman didn’t have a SD memory card. www.urbanoutfitters.co.uk
All this talk makes me think of…
Space Invaders Ice Cube Tray
The geek in me wants to invite folk over just to be able to offer them a drink. I mean, come on…they are Space Invaders. ‘nough said. www.thinkgeek.com
The Pop-Up Book of Phobias
Nothing like having what scares you the most, pop up in your face. Warning: Macabre pop-ups could induce pants wetting if you’re still making regular psychologist visits. www.amazon.com
posted by Ginger Rudolph