When the monochrome Astro Boy was released at kawsone there was also a book on sale which was published on the occasion of the “Kaws Downtime” exhibition at the High Museum Of Art Atlanta. The exhibition was from February 18th – July 29th 2012 and displayed a selection of newer, more abstract paintings by Kaws alongside some of his early works when he was still painting over lookbook-photographs and advertisements.
The quality of the book is perfect and more than you can ask for. Seriously, this should be the standard for art books. The kawsone website says that the books is printed on Swedish and Italian paper stocks and printed in Italy. And you can clearly notice the difference. On the last pages are some sketches by Kaws which show how he plans his pictures. The paper is ultra thin and feels like tracing paper (what it probably is). I’m not quite sure if the book had been on sale at the High itself when the exhibition was still running, but I think its safe to suppose so.
If some of you already own the superb Kaws book by Monica Ramirez which was published by Rizzoli, you may not not need to buy this one here. But who really needs art books anyway.
Some of the paintings have already been featured in the above mentioned book and all the interviews and essays about Kaws in it are far more than enough to get to know the NY based artist. Even if the book by the High Museum Of Art about the Downtime exhibition is superb on its own, if you need to choose: Get the Rizzoli publication instead. Especially when your budget is tight.
Images by Japanese Tease.