Like Kusama, Kaws has a certain lore surrounding his work. You might have spotted his cast of characters on a Uniqlo tee, modeled off of pop-cultural idols. Usually, we see his characters in states of distress, consoling each other. From graphic paintings to colossal environmental installations — such as a 28-meter floating figure on Hong Kong Harbor – Kaws is ever ambitious. This is his first large-scale exhibition in Japan, and will trace his creative development across the ages, featuring pieces from his own private collection. The exhibition will even feature AR (Augmented Reality) works and interactive installations. It is an aim of the exhibition to emphasize Kaws’ continuing cultural force.
Kaws New Turn, 2020 © Kaws, photograph by Farzad Owrang, Shanghai Powerlong Museum Collection