The paradox of commodifying art

It is cool to be a rebel, to rage against the machine, whether the machine is government or Fortune 500 companies. However, what happens when the artists that criticize mass consumption are the ones contributing to it? Hypebeast explores the contradiction of art and commerce through the works of artists KAWS, Ron English, and Shepard […]

Just learned a bit more from this video about my favorite balloon, KAWS’ “COMPANION,” from this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.   KAWS is originally a graffiti artist.  And “COMPANION” demonstrates the rift between art and mass culture obsessions.  In short, “COMPANION” is the anti-Mickey Mouse.  KAWS’ character stands just out of the norm. Beyond Companion’s […]

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