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Undefeated Billboard

Undefeated Billboard
Signed Print

KAWS

Lithograph, 2004
Signed Print Edition of 250
H 43cm x W 61cm

Critical Review

Undefeated Billboard is part of the Companion collection, a selection of works produced by KAWS, all of which feature his iconic cartoon character, Companion. In each work, Companion is depicted in a different style and setting, reflecting KAWS’ boundless creativity. Companion was developed while KAWS was spray painting the streets of New York. Using spray paint, the artist would subvert adverts he found in the metro, phone booths and bus shelters, a practise that became known as ‘subvertising’. KAWS would embellish the adverts with cartoon characters, like Companion. Other characters the artist developed through subvertising were Accomplice, Chum and Bendy.

KAWS’ origins in street art and graffiti have led the artist to be compared to Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, two leading 20th century artists who emerged from the New York City graffiti subculture of the 1980s. It is clear that these prolific artists deeply influenced KAWS and his artistic practices.

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