KAWS and his army of cartoon giants land in the UK
Even if you don't know the name KAWS, you've probably seen his work.Remember the warped Calvin Klein ads that merged graffiti and fashion? The limited-edition Kanye West "808s & Heartbreak" album cover? The cartoon-esque bottle he created for Girl, Pharrell Williams' fragrance with Comme des Garcons? Or maybe it's his toy-like sculptures -- and actual toys -- which look like Mickey Mouse dolls with self-esteem issues, and sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars at auction, that have slipped into your psyche?Born Brian Donnelly, the Brooklyn-based artist began his career in the early 90s, graffiting ads plastered over what he considered to be public places -- his work became so popular, advertising agencies started to hire him. Since then, his work has been displayed at the Museum of Modern Art, in New York; he has collaborated with renowned Japanese artist Takashi Murakami; and sold toys at hip Parisian boutique Colette, all while subverting some of pop's most familiar faces, from The Smurfs to The Simpsons. And now he's brought his brand of street-inspired pop art to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP), a multi-acre outdoor gallery in the north of England.