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Presenting The Past

Presenting The Past
Signed Print

KAWS

Screenprint, 2014
Signed Print Edition of 250
H 81cm x W 81cm

Critical Review

Presenting The Past is a signed screen print in colours produced by the renowned American artist and designer, KAWS in 2014. The print depicts a surreal composition of graphic shapes which are rendered in bold and vibrant colours. The print is bright and lively, with purple, yellow and pink dominating the composition. The scene depicted is bizarre and nonsensical. The viewer can see the silhouette of a cartoon character rendered in yellow to the right of the composition. The cartoon character has a thick, green, snake-like shape wrapped around its body. Next to the figure is a purple circle which KAWS has added arms and a mouth to. The circle appears to be frowning; however it is unclear why or what it is looking at.

Made in 2014, this print was produced at a point in KAWS’ career when the artist had achieved international acclaim. KAWS has collaborated with notable celebrities such as Kanye West and Pharrell Williams, as well as brands like Nike, Comme Des Garçons and Uniqlo.

KAWS’ collaboration with pop culture icons and popular brands reflects how the artist believes that art should be for the people, rather than an art world elite. KAWS’ art, which is inspired by graffiti and street culture, is accessible and appealing to a wide audience and the artist has successfully bridged the gap between street art and high art, bringing credibility and recognition to popular art forms.