Tonight, Wish will officially unveil a limited edition t-shirt designed exclusively for the store by KAWS at their flagship location in Atlanta. And if that’s not reason enough to get you out of the house, the Brooklyn-based artist will be on hand for a meet and greet at the event from 6-8 p.m.
“We are thrilled to welcome KAWS to Wish and to Atlanta,” says Lauren Amos, owner of Wish. “His designs and art have captured the imagination and moved the spirits of people around the world. His appearance at Wish fits perfectly with out mission of being a unique destination in the city.”
The Wish event precedes the launch of the exhibit, “KAWS: Down Time,” at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta – the largest exhibition of KAWS’s work to date. If you’re in town, be sure to check out the opening party on Thursday, Feb. 16 from 8-11 p.m. to be among the first to see the exhibit before it opens to the public on Saturday, Feb. 18. And yes, KAWS will be in attendance.
The exhibition, which runs through May 27, features a 22-foot-high, site-specific mural, a 24-foot-long triptych and KAWS’s monumental sculpture Companion (2010), which was installed in November on the Museum’s piazza. In addition, the exhibition will include three new major works including a grid of 27 round paintings, a group of KAWS toys and drawings, and a collaborative project with British photographer David Sims.
“From their saturated palettes and seductive surfaces to their complex spatial geometries, KAWS’s paintings have a formal elasticity that is humorous and playful as well as complex, sophisticated and discursive,” says Michael Rooks, the High’s Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. “KAWS has created a new order of American Pop – one that suggests the protean universe of New York abstraction re-imagined within the frame of Cartoon Network. His work is uncannily familiar but foreign at the same time, like in a dream, and it unites the often distant worlds of fine art and youth culture.”
If you want to get your hands on one of the Wish x KAWS tees in either black or grey, they’re available for purchase in-store (447 Moreland Avenue) or by phone (404.880.0402) for $98.