Noted street artist KAWS—aka, SVA alumnus Brian Donnelly (BFA 1996 Illustration)—lately has been expanding his oeuvre to include product and apparel design, and now he’s opening his first major solo museum exhibition. “KAWS” is on view at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut, through January 2, 2011. The show brings together paintings, sculpture, drawings and more works (including some never before shown to the public) that feature the artist’s signature graphic style and sharp wit. Members of the SVA community who want to see the exhibition in July and August can take advantage of a special discount offer from the museum: half-off admission for all SVA students, alumni, faculty and staff who present a valid SVA ID.
In a recent feature about KAWS in The Jersey Journal, Julie Bills, from the Gering and López Gallery that represents Donnelly, says, “KAWS does not so much blur the line between art and commerce as he marries the two…[he] collapses the distinction between high and low art, making art accessible on the streets and in clothing stores, as well as in the gallery and the museum.”
Image: KAWS, The Wall (detail), 2010. Courtesy of the artist.