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PAPERMAG: The Cult of KAWS

On Oct 23, 2012

In an age where cultural figures are supposed to be somewhat larger than life, and when bad boys (and girls) still get props for their antics, Brian Kaws is perhaps the most unlikely of art stars imaginable. Neither lacking in ambition or vision, Kaws remains uncannily modest and reserved in a way that borders on shy. But when asked about the bizarre discontinuity between the almost hermit-like workaholic and the renown by which just about anything he does sets social media a-twitter, Kaws is not just being coy when he says, "I know the work is getting out there beyond my studio and that I have a lot of opportunities at the moment, but I don't really think about it a lot." With Kaws, one has the sense that he eschews such matters mostly because they would be a distraction from what he really cares about, which of course is his work....

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