KAWS’ Companion sculpture and more in Philadelphia

Companion (Passing Through) at the Aldrich
Companion (Passing Through) at The Aldrich

KAWS’ 16-foot-tall sculpture Companion (Passing Through) is making a stop in Philadelphia soon thanks to The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA). The sculpture has already visited The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, The Standard Hotel in NYC, and other locations. From April 11th through May 14th, it will be on display at 30th Street Station, Philadelphia’s main train station.

Then, in October, KAWS will have two sculpture projects at PAFA. One, in a PAFA project inspired by the Fourth Plinth in London, will be a public sculpture placed outdoors atop the entrance to PAFA’s museum in Philadelphia. The other project, an exhibition of KAWS’ sculptures inside PAFA’s museum, will go on at same time.

Three KAWS projects in Philadelphia in one year, with two of them taking place outdoors. Good stuff. For more info, check out PAFA’s site.

PS, the following excerpt from PAFA’s blurb about these projects is hilarious:

The exhibition offers an exciting opportunity to engage in an artistic dialog about PAFA’s past and present, and to link the exterior of the Historic Landmark Building to the work on view inside. Placing KAWS’ sculptural works throughout PAFA’s historic galleries will further the ‘graffiti effect,’

Photo by Mike Simonds