Major museums and galleries in the U.S. and abroad are reopening and visitors will be able to see exhibits that had to be postponed at the start of the pandemic. Much of what has been going on in the art world has been taking place outdoors and online, and has generated a new audience of art lovers and collectors.
The Museum of Modern Art in New York has reopened, with timed visits and a host of new works in the Design Shop, including KAWS books, tote bags, magnet sets, keyrings, postcard sets, greeting cards, pins, plush figures, and holiday card sets.
The Brooklyn Museum, also recently reopened, has announced an upcoming retrospective of KAWS works. Titled WHAT PARTY, the exhibit will showcase KAWS’ 25-year career and will feature over 100 objects on display including drawings, paintings, bronze sculptures, furniture and large-scale wooden sculptures of Companion. The show will be open to the public from February 12 until September 5, 2021.
A KAWS What Party sculpture is currently on exhibit at the K11 Art & Cultural Centre in Hong Kong.
KAWS’ sculptures, paintings and fine art prints are an exploration of humanity, reminding us to live with compassion in our current times.
Remembering Wolf Kahn 1927-2020
Wolf Kahn and his wife, artist Emily Mason, lived in New York City and spent summers and autumns in West Brattleboro, Vermont. Kahn died on March 15, 2020, just three months after the death of Mason, to whom he was married for 63 years.
The Brattleboro Museum and Art Center has a virtual photography exhibit in tribute to Wolf Kahn. The 81 photos of Kahn are a testament to the fact that the world has lost a great artist and a kind, caring human being.
Kahn credits his outlook about his work to his renown teacher, Hans Hofmann. “The most important thing I learned from Hofmann,” he said, “was the dignity and importance of being an artist—that you were the carrier of higher values.”
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Keith Estiler. Brooklyn Museum Announces Reopening, Major KAWS Exhibition and More. Hypebeast. August 21, 2020.
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