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Open-air KAWS sculptures to remain at Yorkshire Sculpture Park until Nov 2016

25 May 2016

Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) is pleased to announce that six sculptures by the renowned American artist KAWS will remain on display until 13 November 2016 giving visitors to the Park a further six months to enjoy the monumental works in the open air.

Following the success of the artist’s first UK museum exhibition in YSP’s Longside Gallery and the open air, the six sculptures – SMALL LIE (2013), GOOD INTENTIONS (2015), AT THIS TIME (2013), BETTER KNOWING (2013), FINAL DAYS (2013) and ALONG THE WAY (2013) – will continue to be seen in the Lower Park, beyond the exhibition’s official end date of 12 June 2016.

Outdoors, with their outsize and monumental proportions, KAWS’s sculptures bring to mind dystopian cartoon characters; recognisable personalities from childhood who appear to have lost their innocence. Against the Park’s tree line, the group of six works in natural and black-stained wood, measuring between three and 10 metres in height, are simultaneously spectacular and plaintive. Once bright, iconic characters are rendered in disheartened, world-weary poses; imposing yet full of pathos, they point to an array of psychological narratives, suggesting compassion, surprise and despair.

Brooklyn-based KAWS is considered one of the most relevant artists of his time. His influential work engages people across the generations with contemporary art and especially opens popular culture to young and diverse audiences. 

Exclusive KAWS merchandise and limited edition prints are available to buy from YSP Shop, in store or online at ysp.co.uk/shop


KAWS was born in Jersey City, New Jersey and received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York. He lives and works in Brooklyn. Solo exhibitions include Brooklyn Museum, New York; CAC Malaga, Spain; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia; The Modern Museum of Fort Worth, Texas; Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Connecticut; Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles; Galerie Perrotin, Hong Kong, New York, and Paris; and Mary Boone Gallery, New York. A survey exhibition of his work opens at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas in the autumn of 2016. His work has been shown in the public realm, including ARTZUID outside the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; Frieze Sculpture Park, London; and Hong Kong’s Harbour City. He has collaborated with international brands including Uniqlo, Comme des Garcons, Nike, Lucas Films, and MTV, for whom he created a huge inflatable version of the iconic Moonman for the 2013 Video Music Awards. He has made cover artwork for the October 2015 W Magazine Art Issue (with Drake) and for Kanye West’s 2008 album, 808's and Heartbreak. In addition to clothing and other items, he has made limited edition vinyl toys since the late 1990s, including with Japanese company Medicom Toy and his own company OriginalFake.

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SMALL LIE (2013) courtesy the artist, YSP and Galerie Perrotin. Wood, H1000cm x W464cm x D427.2cm. Photo © Jonty Wilde

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GOOD INTENTIONS (2015) Courtesy the artist and More Gallery. Wood, 604cm x 304cm x 248cm. Photo Jonty Wilde

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AT THIS TIME (detail) (2013). Wood, 574 x 260 x 215 cm. Courtesy the artist and More Gallery. Photo © Jonty Wilde

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