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On 2 November 2013\, Mary Boone Gallery\, in cooperation&nbs p\;with Galerie Perrotin\, will open at its Chelsea location an \;exhib ition of monumental sculpture and new paintings by KAWS.\n

KAWS's signature COMPANION figure appears in two new sculptures \;fabricated in wood -each over eighteen feet hig h - that rise to the ceiling of the soaring skylit space. In AL ONG THE WAY\, a pair of the figures\, heads lowered and one a rm on each other's back\, embrace in a pose of gentle solace. The other wor k\, AT THIS TIME\, presents Companion standing al one with head arched back and hands covering the eyes. The posture at once conveys a reluctance to face the world and a withdrawal from what has alrea dy been witnessed.

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Three eight-foot tondo paintings that complete t he exhibition reveal KAWS's distinctive mode of advancing the bold colors a nd streamlined iconography of Pop art. While the dynamic shapes suggest clo se-ups \;of the plump hands\, X'd eyes\, and crossbone ears of the figu res\, \;the close cropping of the images allows to paintings to vacilla te between figuration and abstraction.

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KAWS was born in 1974 in Jer sey City\, New Jersey\, and is based in Brooklyn\, New York City. \;Sin ce receiving his BFA from Manhattan's School of Visual Arts in 1996\, he ha s continued to \;refine his transformations of icons of popular culture into characters that have in their own right \;become instantly recogn izable.

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Concurrent with the show at Mary Boone Gallery\, KAWS will have new work on view at Galerie \;Perrotin\, New York\; The Pennsylvan ia Academy of the Fine Arts\, Philadelphia\; and the Nerman \;Museum of Contemporary Art\, Overland Park\, Kansas.

DTEND:20131221 DTSTAMP:20140725T172406 DTSTART:20131102 GEO:40.7491467;-74.0055327 LOCATION:Mary Boone Gallery - 24th St.\,541 W. 24 Street \nNew York\, NY 10 011 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Solo Exhibition\, KAWS UID:304011 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20131102T190000 DTSTAMP:20140725T172406 DTSTART:20131102T170000 GEO:40.7491467;-74.0055327 LOCATION:Mary Boone Gallery - 24th St.\,541 W. 24 Street \nNew York\, NY 10 011 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Solo Exhibition\, KAWS UID:304012 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR