Sale of “KAWS Tokyo First” products and clothing
Busy times for the artist better known as KAWS, who just came off a recent HOLIDAY and Supreme Drop excursion. Now the Brooklyn-based designer has left for Tokyo, or at least his personal art collection is. Although KAWS has shown a lot of love in Japan in the past, Mori Arts Center Gallery’s upcoming “KAWS Tokyo First” exhibition is the first large-scale showcase of his work in the country, a momentous occasion that naturally calls for a lot. of festive goods.
Comprising over 150 works spanning KAWS ‘entire career, “KAWS Tokyo First” – which borrows its name from KAWS’ first exhibition in Japan in 2001 – traces the artist’s last production to his first pieces, exploring the paths that KAWS has made in the area between fine art and commercial art.
There is even a meta-angle that considers the “unique trajectory of artistic production,” says MACG. To further sweeten the pot, KAWS ‘private art collection will also be on display to recreate their Brooklyn studio.
If a KAWS experience takes place in Japan without merchandising, is that really the case? Of course not, so the artist joined several of his longtime friends to create a selection of commemorative products related to the case. UNIQLO UT, Medicom Toy and Fire King are all on hand to distribute exclusive KAWS giveaways, including Companion matching tees, key chains and mugs. KAWS even reworked a fit Peeps Hiyoko collectible, with X-ed out eyes.
Visit the “KAWS Tokyo First” website to learn more about the upcoming exhibit, which will open on July 16 – just ahead of the still controversial Tokyo Olympics – and end on October 11. Across the respective UNIQLO and KAWS fanbases, don’t be surprised if a larger release happens later this summer.