New York-based artist KAWS will hold a major exhibition “KAWS TOKYO FIRST” at Mori Arts Center Gallery from July 16 to October 11, 2021. The title “KAWS TOKYO FIRST” is the same as the title of his first solo exhibition in Japan, held at Shibuya Parco in 2001, and it is intended as a “return to the basics” to trace the trajectory of his creation and evolution 20 years later.
KAWS works across all genres, including graffiti, painting, graphic design, industrial design, and collaborations with fashion brands such as “UNIQLO” and “A BATHING APE”, as well as luxury brands such as “Dior”. On the other hand, in recent years he has also gained a high reputation in the world of fine art.
This is the first large-scale exhibition of its kind in Japan, and it traces KAWS’s unique approach to artistic creation through about 70 paintings, statues, and products from his past works. In addition, KAWS will exhibit works by artists who have influenced him from his private collection.