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Emi Eu: ‘We have to look at Southeast Asia as one market’ Ocula Conversation Emi Eu: ‘We have to look at Southeast Asia as one market’ Stephanie Bailey, Singapore

STPI's Emi Eu reflects on S.E.A. Focus, an STPI project platforming artists and galleries from Southeast Asia, in the wake of Art Stage's decline in 2019 and ahead of the launch of Singapore's new art fair, Art SG, in October 2020.

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New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata: Shows to See Ocula Report New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata: Shows to See Kanika Anand, New Delhi

With India Art Fair set to open amid nationwide protests, Kanika Anand introduces shows in New Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata that express shifting socio-political identities, modes of resistance, and explorations of place-making.

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Images from Abroad: Lada Nakonechna at Galerie EIGEN + ART Ocula Insight Images from Abroad: Lada Nakonechna at Galerie EIGEN + ART Phoebe Blatton, Berlin

Images from abroad , Lada Nakonechna's solo exhibition at Galerie EIGEN + ART in Berlin, considers the barriers that exist between depictions of conflict and their viewers.

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b. 1974, USA

KAWS Biography

Brian Donnelly, who is better known by his alias KAWS, was born in Jersey City near New York. There he was a part of the graffiti scene in the 1990s and was recognised for his paintings over billboards. After graduating from New York’s School of Visual Arts in 1996, KAWS traveled to Japan, pursuing his street-art projects with Tokyo subculture heavyweights Hectic and Jun Takahashi of Undercover.

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In 1999, KAWS made his first toy with Japanese company Bounty Hunter, a vinyl figure of Mickey Mouse with x-ed out eyes (as if Mickey just drank from a bottle marked POISON). Nigo, the tastemaker behind A Bathing Ape, asked KAWS to collaborate on a clothing line in 2001 and began collecting his pop paintings of cartoon characters like the Simpsons, the Smurfs, and Sponge Bob Square Pants. KAWS has produced everything from x-marked sneakers for Nike to an album cover for a special edition of Kanye West’s 808s & Heartbreak (2008). To sell KAWS - memorabilia, the artist opened a dazzling Masamichi Katayama designed store in Tokyo in 2006 called OriginalFake.

Solo exhibitions include OriginalFake at the Bape Gallery in Tokyo (2003) and KAWS has been periodically showing both paintings and products at Colette in Paris since 1999. His work was included in the traveling exhibition Beautiful Losers, which started at the Cincinnati Contemporary Art Center and travelled through 2009 throughout the US and Europe. KAWS's, Companion, a grayscale figure based on Mickey Mouse with his face obscured by both hands, was adapted into a balloon for the 2012 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade as part of the parade's "Blue Sky Gallery" feature. He has produced further sculptures of his Companion character for exhibitions in Switzerland, Hong Kong, Malaga and London. Apart from creating paintings and sculptures, KAWS also releases high-quality screen prints. 

KAWS Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, KAWS, KAWS at Perrotin, Hong Kong
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26 March–19 May 2018 KAWS Perrotin, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, KAWS, KAWS at Perrotin, Tokyo
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22 March–12 May 2018 KAWS Perrotin, Tokyo

KAWS In Related Press

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KAWS: WHERE THE END STARTS Related Press KAWS: WHERE THE END STARTS 28 March 2017, Juxtapoz

Where the End Starts at Yuz Museum in Shanghai is the largest KAWS's exhibition in China, and also his first survey exhibition in Asia. Jointly organized by Yuz Museum and Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth in close collaboration with the artist, KAWS: Where the End Starts features his key paintings, sculptures, drawings, toys, and advertisement...

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Experience KAWS In VR Through Visionaire's Latest Collaboration Project with M&M's Related Press Experience KAWS In VR Through Visionaire's Latest Collaboration Project with M&M's 2 February 2017, Unrated

Virtual reality is fast becoming the new norm, and is seems the iconic chocolate brand M&M’s wants a part of the action. Bringing on the keen eye and direction of fashion and luxury art imprint VISIONAIRE, its latest effort takes the artwork of Brian Donelly, better known as KAWS to new heights. The collaboration sees KAWS’ signature shapes,...

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Say hello to my little zine! The NY Art Book Fair takes over Moma PS1 Related Press Say hello to my little zine! The NY Art Book Fair takes over Moma PS1 19 September 2016, ARTNews

The NY Art Book Fair draws a huge crowd every year, and so it wasn’t a surprise that there were lines everywhere at this year’s edition—lines to get into the bathroom, lines to see certain booths, lines for the KAWS signing (the longest line of all), and lines simply to get into the fair itself. But those lines moved quickly, and...

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Five to see this weekend Related Press Five to see this weekend 15 August 2016, Aesthetica Magazine

We celebrate the middle of August with a collection of unique and thought-provoking shows. In Melbourne, Tolarno Galleries and artist Caroline Rothwell offer a refreshing approach to that most enduring of questions: what is the relationship between nature and man? In a similar vein, Mongolian artist Xiao Yu considers the same topic, turning his...

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