Valentine’s Special – One Solo Exhibition to See Solo: KAWS at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Besides being single (oh, well… Facebook would say “it’s complicated” and I don’t even fall into that category!) I am an advocate of going to see great art on your own – you pick the pace, the works that most interest you and you decide when to pay a little visit to that wonderful lil’ café that serves cappuccino along with an Italian Cantuccio cookie… or your fav Malbec for that matter!

Being on your own once in a while and in company of great art, allows you to savour things at their best… so I have picked one out of the many I scouted for you, my darlings!

KAWS (pic © Jonty Wilde )

From 06.02.16 until 12.06.16
This is the first UK museum exhibition of work by the renowned American artist KAWS, whose wide ranging practice includes painting, sculpture, graphic design, toys and prints. The expansive Longside Gallery features the artist’s large, bright, graphic canvases immaculately rendered in acrylic paint, alongside towering sculptures in fibreglass and wood. The historically designed landscape of YSP becomes home to a series of monumental and imposing sculptures in KAWS’s trademark style – nostalgic characters in the process of growing up.

BORN TO BEND, 2013 (Courtesy the artist)
BORN TO BEND, 2013 (Courtesy the artist)

Yorkshire Sculpture Park is a pioneering place that aims to challenge, inspire, inform and delight, welcoming over 400,000 visitors, including 48,000 learning visits each year.

Probably the finest exhibition site for sculpture in the world.” Bill Packer, Financial Times

Grounds, YSP Centre & Shop: 10.00–17.00
Underground Gallery, Longside Gallery & Chapel: 10.00–16.00
Restaurant & YSP Café: 10.00–16.00
Gates locked: 18.00
Closed 24, 25 December 2015
CLEAN SLATE (foreground), 2014 Courtesy the artist and YSP SURVIVAL MACHINE (background), 2015 Courtesy the artist and YSP
CLEAN SLATE (foreground), 2014 Courtesy the artist and YSP
SURVIVAL MACHINE (background), 2015 Courtesy the artist and YSP

Admission free / Parking charges apply
YSP is a registered charity (1067908).

All the info can be found here.

Brooklyn-based KAWS is considered one of the most relevant artists of his generation. Within the Pop Art tradition, he has created a prolific body of influential work, which both engages young people with contemporary art and straddles the worlds of art and design to include street art, graphic and product design, paintings, murals and large-scale sculptures.

KAWS developed a passion for popular culture in art and design early in life and studied illustration at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan in the early 1990s. By then he was already well versed in graffiti, having frequently tagged walls and freight trains with the letters K A W S. KAWS continued developing his visual vocabulary conceiving his soft skull with crossbones and crossed-out eyes, which would become a signature gesture. After college, he worked as a freelancer for animations studios, which further catalysed his appropriation of iconic characters from popular culture and comic books.

KAWS regularly exhibits in museums and galleries internationally and his work continues to appeal to a loyal fan base as well as the commercial sector. He has collaborated with industry leaders including Nike, Vans, MTV and Kanye West.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park
West Bretton
Wakefield WF4 4LG
SatNav WF4 4JX
United Kingdom
+44(0)1924 832631

You can reach YSP by bus, train and car. Because it is slightly complicate to explain for someone like me, who relies exclusively on public transport, I shall refer you beautiful, comprehensive instructions as state on the YPS’s website. Just click here!

Featured image @i_am_other

Have a great weekend everyone…