KAWS

100% Cashmere Blanket

£1,200

Limited Edition Blanket, 2019
100% superfine cashmere
Made in Scotland
130 x 180 cm
Edition of 85
© KAWS

 

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About the edition

This 100% superfine cashmere blanket by KAWS is exclusive to House of Voltaire.

Produced by master Scottish craftspeople, the double–sided jacquard technique achieves a design–rich finish. The front face of the blanket showcases KAWS' artwork, with a muted birdseye pattern on the underside. The blanket has a noticeably soft handle and luxurious heavyweight feel.

KAWS' body of work straddles the worlds of art, fashion and design to include paintings, murals, large-scale sculptures, street and public art, and fashion, graphic and product design. His work is infused with humour, humanity and affection for our times. Admired for his larger–than-life sculptures and colour–filled paintings, KAWS’ cast of hybrid cartoon and human characters are drawn from pop culture animations and form a distinctive artistic vocabulary.

The blanket features a pair of gloved cartoon-like hands disappearing into an unidentified pool of liquid, undercutting the slapstick qualities of the image with darker possibilities.


About the artist

Brooklyn-based KAWS (born 1974) engages audiences far beyond the museums and galleries in which he regularly exhibits. Over the last two decades KAWS has built a career with work that consistently shows his formal agility as an artist, as well as his underlying wit, irreverence, and affection for our times. The nature of his work possesses a sophisticated humour and thoughtful interplay with consumer products and collaborations with global brands. He often draws inspiration and appropriates from pop-culture animations to form a unique artistic vocabulary across various mediums.

Now admired for his larger-than-life sculptures and hard edge paintings that emphasise line and colour, KAWS' cast of hybrid cartoon and human characters are perhaps the strongest examples of his exploration of humanity. KAWS has exhibited at the Doha Fire Station Museum, National Gallery of Victoria Melbourne, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, High Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, Yorkshire Sculpture Park in England, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and the Yuz Museum in Shanghai.

Studio Voltaire has been supporting artists for over twenty years, through our renowned programme of exhibitions, performances, events and education projects as well as providing affordable studios.

We have gained a reputation for championing both emerging and underrepresented artistic practices, often at key stage in the artist’s career. These have included Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Phyllida Barlow, Ruth Ewan, Elizabeth Price, Jo Spence, Joanne Tatham & Tom O’Sullivan, Richard Slee and Cathy Wilkes.

The gallery also provides an important UK platform for international artists, often providing them their first-ever presentation in the UK. These have included Nairy Baghramian, Thea Djordjadze, Nicole Eisenman, Judith Hopf, Paulina Olowska and Henrik Olesen.