The artist known as “KAWS” has a new must-see exhibit: “Pass the Blame”. The huge canvases depict pastiches of childhood favorites: Snoopy, Garfield, Nemo and Felix the cat.
Cartoons don’t just appeal to children though, many otherwise serious adults are catapulted back to their childhood when classics such as “A Charlie Brown Christmas” come on the air or when “Garfield” comes out with a new movie.
Like Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, KAWS draws from pop culture and creates works that have us thinking about why the objects depicted still hold such meaning for us. KAWS first captured my attention in 2010 when the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum gave him a solo exhibit. This remarkable exhibit ended with the large room at the back of the museum with enormous paintings of Spongebob Square Pants, that beloved cartoon character.
This young Brooklyn-based artist’s canvases show us that the childhood characters that were so important in our youth, never really leave us. This is why the “KAWS Pass the Blame” exhibit at Galerie Perrotin is a must-see if you’re in New York between now and December 21st.
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