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Influential pop artist transforms Historic Landmark Building


AWS' sculptures ACCOMPLICEBLACK and COMPANION (ORIGINALFAKE) Credit: Photos by Joshua White


October 12-January 5, 2014


The historic home of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts will be transformed as the Brooklyn-based pop artist KAWS arrives in Philadelphia.

Following the successful installation of a 16-foot sculpture at 30th Street Station in the spring of 2013, KAWS returns to Philadelphia for a brand new exhibition.

KAWS @ PAFA, features 60 paintings and sculptures from the boundary-pushing artist on display inside and outside of PAFA’s Historic Landmark Building.

A striking nine-and-a-half-foot sculpture decorates the front façade of the Frank Furness-designed Historic Landmark Building with additional works lining the galleries of PAFA.

KAWS’ works, some newly created for the exhibition, will interact or be displayed in conjunction with previously existing artworks in the space providing an intriguing link between contemporary and historic American art. The event marks the first time PAFA has had a large-scale gallery intervention exhibition.

The exhibition kicks-off a brand-new PAFA program, the Sculpture Plinth Exhibition Program, which will include a rotating series of contemporary art in an unexpected location.

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KAWS Talks with Philly 360°

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