With 2.4 m Instagram adherents, a $14.8 m auction and clashes for his T-shirts in Uniqlo, is the artist dismissed as conceptually bankrupt more than exactly a pop culture craze?
In a baseball cap and jeans, Brian Donnelly has the chilled-out vibe of a seasoned skater as he bends forward, elbows on knees, and shrugs.
” Honestly, I please the headlines were about the run ,” says the 44 -year-old artist.” There’s money out there, and people can spend it how they wish. It doesn’t draw the are better or worse .”
Donnelly, better known as Kaws, is sitting in the agency above his Brooklyn studio, surrounded by the collectible courages that have obligated him a pop culture phenomenon.
If you haven’t heard of him, you have probably seen his drive: with 2.4 million supporters on Instagram, a huge following in Asia, a begrudged pipeline of vinyl playthings, and partnerships with labels as varied as Dior, Nike, Sesame Street and Uniqlo, Kaws has become one of the most popular living artists in the nations of the world. But that too draws him one of the most contentious.
The headlines he refers to happened just recently: in March this year, his 2005 painting the Kaws Album was sold for a shocking $14.8 m.