Since his groundbreaking solo show at the High Museum of Art in 2012, acclaimed artist KAWS has taken the world by storm with major exhibitions across the United States, Europe, Australia, Asia, and the Middle East. Meanwhile, his monumental sculptural installations, augmented reality sculpture, design collaborations, toys, editioned objects, and related works have seized the attention of a massive and diverse audience. Drawing exclusively from the High’s collection, KAWS PRINTS features all of the artist’s editioned silkscreen prints in the Museum’s collection along with a selection of drawings, color charts, and rare early prints from the artist’s studio.
KAWS made his first screenprints in the late 1990s and has since continued to maintain a printmaking practice alongside his production of paintings, sculpture, and editioned objects (both real and virtual). Through the syntax of silkscreen printing established by such preeminent and illustrious forebears as Keith Haring, Roy Lichtenstein, and Andy Warhol, which obscured distinctions between high and low art forms, KAWS brings into conflict and accord the worlds of fine art, industrial design, technology, and popular culture. KAWS PRINTS is the first comprehensive exhibition featuring KAWS’s entire output of editioned prints spanning more than twenty years.