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A Great KAWS: The Artist Is Honored at the Academy of Art’s Tribeca Ball

April 15, 2019

Last week, several art collectors, philanthropists and celebrities came together to support the New York Academy of Art’s 24th annual Tribeca Ball fundraiser. Vogue explains that “the purpose of the evening was twofold: to celebrate Brian Donnelly, a.k.a KAWS, a.k.a the man behind the 115-foot-long, inflatable Mickey Mouse with X-ed out eyes that bobbed in Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbor last month, kicking off the city’s buzzy Basel fair. And secondly, to support those KAWS-to-be, students of the Academy whose works were on display in the galleries that occupy the upper floors of the building.” The event was not your typical art-world event, with unexpected surprises and theatrics at every corner and different experiences for attendees on every floor. Vogue explains that “cocktail servers were replaced with carnivalesque creatures, heavily sequined stilt-walkers who cradled bottles of Bollinger Champagne ready to pour into the empty flutes of passersby.” Read more about the spectacular evening HERE

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