KAWS born to bend

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I’ve spent quite a bit of time hanging around Philadelphia’s awesome Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art (mainly because my very talented wife went to art school at the historic institution). I never expected to see the eye-popping Born to Bend solo exhibition by former Jersey street artist KAWS at the august, staid museum, which is better known for its 19th century art collection and association with Thomas Eakin. The show, featuring sixty paintings and sculptural pieces—both indoors and outside—from the Brooklyn-based KAWS (aka Brian Donnelly) runs until January 5, 2014. It’s well worth a visit, even if you just want to see PAFA’s fantastic Frank Furness-designed Historic Landmark Building. But the juxtaposition of KAWS and the wonderful 19th & 20th century American art work is amazing.

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