Robb Report Singapore

The Great Below by Kaws

Auctioned by Phillips in New York for $529,200


The highest-selling lot at Phillips’ New Now auction, during which the auction house inaugurate­d its new saleroom at New York’s 432 Park Avenue, Kaws’ 2011 acrylic on canvas work The Great Below dramatical­ly re-envisions another pop cultural icon. The facial details of Kawsbob – the artist’s appropriat­ion of the animated cartoon character, SpongeBob SquarePant­s – appear inflated in Kaws’ distinctiv­e graphic style. Another distinguis­hing feature of this work is its circular canvas, also known as a tondo, a format that dates back to the Renaissanc­e, and one that Kaws continues to engage with today.

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