For all the work New Jersey-born illustrator, sculptor, and graffiti writer KAWS has put into the world, some people have trouble calling him an artist—he’s been made out as more of an adapter, using his environment and the culture surrounding him as the inspiration and material for his work. A prime example of this is his recently announced redesign of the classic MTV Video Music Award Moonman statue for this year’s awards. But this dynamic, an interplay that also straddles art and commerce, has shifted through the years as the artist as defined his style. With that in mind, here is The Art Evolution of KAWS throughout the years.

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