KAWS
Gone and Beyond
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“His work is universal, and it transcends the traditional market. It bridges fine art and commercial art, and that taps into a global, deep audience.”
ABOUT
Brian Donnelly, better known as KAWS, is at the forefront of a populist movement shaking up the art world. His career as an acclaimed artist and pop-culture phenomenon did not start out on the siloed walls of galleries, but rather, on the streets as a graffiti artist. In the early 1990s, KAWS began tagging bus stops, train stations, and subway cars in Jersey City where he grew up. Speaking about his formative years as a street artist, KAWS said “it meant nothing to me to make paintings if I wasn’t reaching people.”

By the late 1990s, KAWS began making collectible vinyl toys to continue to bring his art to the masses. He made his first toy for streetwear brand Bounty Hunter and has gone onto to collaborate with brands such as Original Fake, Undercover, Comme des Garcons, Vans, Dior, and Nike. As KAWS built a massive online following for his toys and collectible works, the art world started to take notice. In 2008, blue-chip gallery Perrotin began representing KAWS. Emmanual Perrotin is the same dealer who launched the career of Takashi Murakami, and gave Damien Hirst his first exhibition. His work began to be collected by “some of the most powerful figures in the art world.” The Mugrabi family — who also have the largest private collection of works by Andy Warhol — became major supporters.

In 2018, a switch flipped as Artnet reported, “the steady burn that had characterized KAWS’ market for the past decade transformed into a full-blown inferno.” From 2018-2019, his average price went from $334k to $713k. Auction demand spiked in April 2019 in Hong Kong when he broke his high-selling record and The KAWS Album sold for $14.77M. 

People compare KAWS’ unusual trajectory to contemporary artists such as Keith Haring, who also started out as a street artist. According to Miety Heiden, Phillips’ Head of Private Sales, KAWS’ market is “still not at the price levels of Warhol or Basquiat, so it’s still very accessible for a big group of art collectors.”

Otis acquired a tondo painting by KAWS, Gone and Beyond. The work is a part of a limited series of 27 round tondo paintings, which were first displayed at the KAWS: DOWN TIME exhibition at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta.
INVESTMENT PERK
Buy 10 shares or more ($1,000) and receive a complimentary KAWS Rizzoli collectors book.
Published in conjunction with KAWS’ solo exhibition at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, the hardcover publication is the first book dedicated to KAWS’ full range of works.
HIGHLIGHTS
Historical Returns
Since 2015, KAWS Tondo paintings have appreciated 170%, representing an annualized appreciation of 28%.
Artist Market
In 2019, Kaws broke his high-selling record at $14.7M, and his total auction turnover more than quadrupled, ending at $72M.
Catalyst
In 2021, The Brooklyn Museum will organize a major survey of KAWS work.
Fair Market Value
$337,000 (4% above our drop value).
Career Highlights
Represented by top gallery Skarstedt, with collectors including the Mugrabi family, Travis Scott, and Swizz Beatz.
DROP DETAILS
MATERIALS
Acrylic on canvas

SIZE
40 in. across

YEAR
2012

NOTABLE EXHIBITIONS
KAWS: DOWN TIME, 2012

ACQUIRED FROM
Perrotin

CONDITION
Excellent
Resources
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NY TIMES
XX Marks the Spot: KAWS Goes Global
THE ART NEWSPAPER
How Banksy, Kaws and other street artists are shaking up the art world
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As His Market Explodes, KAWS Parts Ways With Longtime Dealer Perrotin...