Arts·Group Chat

How KAWS redefined art for the masses

Toronto Star contributer Sue Carter and Heistdro of Toronto designer toy boutique Collective explain why some critics in the art world aren’t happy about KAWS receiving his own exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Sue Carter and Heistdro discuss the Brooklyn artist's latest exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario

American artist Kaws, real name Brian Donnelly, poses with an artwork titled KAWS WHAT PARTY during a press preview for the exhibition 'KAWS: NEW FICTION' at the Serpentine North gallery in London on January 18, 2022.
American artist KAWS, real name Brian Donnelly, poses with an artwork titled KAWS WHAT PARTY during a press preview for the exhibition 'KAWS: NEW FICTION' at the Serpentine North gallery in London on January 18, 2022. (TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)

Brooklyn-based artist Brian Donnelly, better known as KAWS, has become one of the most sought-after figures in the global street art scene and collectible toy market. Now, he's making his Canadian museum debut with the exhibit KAWS: FAMILY at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

His style is instantly recognizable for the way it combines art, popular culture and humour. Toronto Star contributor Sue Carter and Heistdro of Toronto designer toy boutique Collective join guest host Amil Niazi to explain why some critics in the art world aren't happy about him receiving his own exhibit.

You can listen to the full discussion from today's show on CBC Listen or on our podcast, Commotion with Elamin Abdelmahmoud, available wherever you get your podcasts.


Panel produced by Stuart Berman.

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