5 things to know about KAWS, the artist behind the disputed sculpture

But given the work he’s producing now, it’s no wonder Donnelly doesn’t seem keen on being called a street artist anymore.

“I haven’t done street art in 20 years but it seems like every article written about me mentions it in the first sentence of the first paragraph. And for me, (my current work) has nothing to do with street art,” he said with a laugh, pointing to his sculpture along the platform.

“I feel like there’s a lot of smoke and mirrors in all the worlds, whether it’s fashion or the system of galleries, museums or institutions. And I always kind of want to navigate around those and mix those things up.


“I remember back in the ’90s it was really defined: you could be a commercial artist, you could be a good artist, but the two would never meet,” Donnelly said. “I always ignored that, but now it’s become accepted and common for people to do business projects.”

Even today, the artist seeks to push the limits of his practice through new mediums – including those in the field of video games.

“Recently, I did a project with Fortnite that brought work to tens of millions of new kids,” he said. “And over the last two or three years, I’ve started doing a lot of augmented reality work with Acute. It’s allowed me to do a lot of work that I never imagined I would do.

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