“Companion: Passing Through (Brown)” is a tonal iteration of one of the artist’s recurring characters. The small figurine, a human/animal/cartoon hybrid, is seen seated, head in hands. The character has a Mickey Mouse body, complete with gloves, shorts, and clown-like shoes like the original character, yet KAWS adds his own imprints—an inflated skull and an X for each eye.

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Brooklyn-based artist KAWS’ (American, b. 1974) art stands within the historical continuum that began with Pop Art, straddling the line between fine art and global commerce. From his 16-foot tall sculpture COMPANION (PASSING THROUGH) to his recent 32-foot tall wooden sculpture SMALL LIE, he transforms iconic pop culture characters into thought-provoking works of art. His work possesses a sophisticated humor while employing a refined graphic language that revitalizes figuration with bold gestures and playful intricacy. By producing fine art via consumer products and collaborations with global brands, KAWS moves beyond the sphere of the exclusive art market to occupy a more complex, global market.

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Companion: Passing Through (Brown), 2013
Lot Number 33
Painted cast vinyl
12 x 6.5 x 7.5 in (30.48 x 16.51 x 19.05 cm)
Edition of 500
Stamped on bottom of foot

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Companion: Passing Through (Brown)
  • Dimensions
    12 x 6.5 x 7.5 in (30.48 x 16.51 x 19.05 cm)