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Be@rbrick OriginalFake 6th Anniversary 1000% (Red) ( Bearbrick), 2003 – KAWS

10,500.00 $

KAWS Be@rbrick OriginalFake 6th Anniversary 1000% (Red) ( Bearbrick), 2003

Sculpture
28 × 10 in | 71.1 × 25.4 cm
Edition of
Fabric covered vinyl
Limited quantities produced

The KAWS BE@RBRICK OriginalFake 6th Anniversary 1000% (Red) from 2003 is a highly collectible piece from the collaboration between the street artist KAWS, born Brian Donnelly, and the viral toy brand BE@RBRICK, produced by Medicom Toy. KAWS became an early artistic partner for BE@RBRICK, releasing his first design in 2002. His BE@RBRICKs are known for showcasing his signature figure, the “Companion,” characterized by rounded teddy bear ears and distinctive Xs instead of eyes.

The 1000% (Red) Bearbrick, released in 2003 to mark the 6th anniversary of OriginalFake, a brand associated with KAWS, is a prime example of this collaboration. In the world of BE@RBRICK toys, sizes are indicated as percentages, with 1000% being a significantly larger version compared to the standard size of 100%, which measures 70 millimeters high. This particular piece, with its striking red color and iconic KAWS design, stands out as a significant work in the artist’s oeuvre and is a sought-after item among collectors and enthusiasts of contemporary art and designer toys

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Description

KAWS has significantly impacted the art world with his groundbreaking sculptures that blend pop culture, street art, and fine art. His unique style is often compared to legendary artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, and Jeff Koons, especially in his approach to integrating consumer imagery into art.

His sculptures are famed for their oversized, cartoon-like figures, drawing from popular culture icons like Mickey Mouse, The Simpsons, and the Smurfs. KAWS adds his signature style with “X” marked eyes and gloved hands, creating a sense of mystery. These works reflect his graffiti roots, where he began by altering advertisements, a theme that persists in his sculptures as he reinterprets well-known characters, challenging viewers’ perceptions.

KAWS’s versatile use of materials like bronze, fiberglass, and wood in his sculptures allows for varied textures, colors, and scales, broadening his appeal. His art resonates with a wide audience, tapping into nostalgia while posing questions about consumerism and the commodification of art.

His works have been exhibited in major venues like the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York and Tate Modern in London. Beyond galleries, KAWS has collaborated with high-profile brands and celebrities, merging art with popular culture. His limited-edition collectibles have become highly sought-after items.

KAWS’s sculptures stand out for challenging art norms, evoking nostalgia, and appealing to diverse audiences. He continues to redefine art engagement, influencing various fields like fashion, design, and popular culture. His legacy as an artist who reshapes the interaction with contemporary art is well-established.

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