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Man’s Best Friend 4

Man’s Best Friend 4
Signed Print

KAWS

Screenprint, 2016
Signed Print Edition of 100
H 89cm x W 58cm

Critical Review

Viewed alone, it is hard to discern what is being depicted in the print, however when seen with the other works in the Man’s Best Friend collection, it is apparent that the print shows a section of the beloved cartoon character.

Snoopy is not the only cartoon character that has featured in the artist’s oeuvre. KAWS often takes well-known cartoon characters and adapts them, using his signature visual language. Notable cartoons that KAWS has appropriated include The Simpsons, SpongeBob Square Pants and Astro Boy. As is seen in Man’s Best Friend 4, KAWS imbues these cartoon characters with his signature crossed out eyes, subverting the recognisable characters and adding a sombre, almost morbid air to them, which could be interpreted as a sardonic comment on globalised culture and the state of contemporary society.