Every week we curate notable art releases by diverse artists, studios, and art platforms across the globe. Listed items typically encompass limited edition artworks, books, collectible figures and more. We hope these pieces will add visual interest to your space and elevate your aesthetic sensibilities.
For this week’s installment: KAWS is releasing a new range of limited edition CHUM sculptures called WHAT PARTY, Case Studyo and Parra are teaming up on a hand-tufted IRONICA rug featuring one of the artist’s human-bird designs, Nikkolas Smith is honoring Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman with a new print titled King Chad, the Metropolitan Museum of Art joins Kidrobot for a series of artful Dunny figures to celebrate the institution’s 150th anniversary, and Lauren Tsai is releasing an eerie, dream-like edition print titled Half-Lived.
KAWS WHAT PARTY CHUM Edition Sculptures
Release Date: Available today on KAWSONE.com at noon EDT
Release Price: TBD
KAWS has brought back his beloved Michelin Man-inspired character called CHUM for a new range of limited edition sculptures. Dubbed WHAT PARTY, the figure arrives in black, white, pink, orange and yellow variants. The collectible takes its name from KAWS’ major survey in February 2021 at the Brooklyn Museum, which will feature over 100 objects including drawings, paintings, bronze sculptures and large-scale wooden sculptures of COMPANION. WHAT PARTY is expected to drop in a size of roughly 11 to 13 inches tall, according to previous COMPANION and special edition releases.
Case Studyo and Parra IRONICA Rug
Release Date: Available on September 2 on by Parra’s webstore at 1 p.m. EDT
Release Price: TBD
Parra and Case Studyo have joined forces on a new hand-tufted wool rug called IRONICA. Measuringapproximately 63 by 45 inches, the rug features one of Parra’s signature female bird designs. Covering almost the entire circular rug, the minimalistic figure has a round and voluptuous body with flowing black hair. The female bird’s simplistic face showcases the Dutch artist’s emphasis of form and line, while the muted color palette gives the rug a modern and clean aesthetic. IRONICA will be available in an edition of 100.
Nikkolas Smith King Chad Print
Release Date: Available on Nikkolas Smith’s website
Release Price: $120 USD
On August 28, Chadwick Boseman died at age 43 after a four-year battle against colon cancer. To honor the American actor, Nikkolas Smith created a King Chad print. Measuring 16 by 14 inches, the piece depicts Boseman and a child doing the arm-crossing “Wakanda Forever” salute from the Black Panther film. King Chad not only shows Boseman’s strength and kindness, but his impact on children. The child’s hospital gown in the print references Boseman’s visit to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis back in 2018. A portion of proceeds from sales of this print will be donated to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and St. Jude.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art x Kidrobot Dunny Figures
Release Date: Available on Kidrobot’s website and at The Met Store
Release Price: Between $24 to $150 USD
To commemorate its 150th anniversary this year, the Metropolitan Museum of Art joined Paul Budnitz’s Kidrobot for an artful range of Dunny figures. The collectibles arrive in both 3- and 8-inch options, featuring all-over printed graphics inspired by iconic works of art from the museum’s permanent collection. The series includes Van Gogh’s Irises, Hokusai’s Great Wave, as well as one of Mondrian’s colorful compositions. The collaboration aligns with the Met’s highly-anticipated reopening to the public after a five-month closure.
Lauren Tsai Half-Lived Edition Print
Release Date: Available today on Lauren Tsai’s website at 1 p.m. EDT
Release Price: $220 USD
Lauren Tsai has unveiled a new print titled Half-Lived that provides an eerie-yet-beautiful commentary on dreams and the subconscious mind. At the center of the piece is a woman floating peacefully through a tunnel that is made up of elongated, stylized faces and bodies. A bright light greets her at the end of the tunnel. Below the artwork is a small, embossed image of the woman’s body rising from bed, although her head remains on the pillow. Limited to an edition of 300, each 20-by-16 inch print is hand-signed and numbered by Tsai.
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