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Installation view of *KAWS: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness*, National Gallery of Victoria International, Melbourne. Photo: © Tom Ross

KAWS: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness
  • Paris Lettau

15 Feb 2020
20 Sep 2019 - 14 Apr 2020

Earlier this week, a group of masked graffiti artists seemed to appropriate the work of Ash Keating—who was commissioned by the National Gallery of Victoria to spray the side of the NGV building in 2013—and descended on the CBD to spray the walls of Melbourne’s iconic Hosier Lane using paint filled fire extinguishers. Their work was a performative protest piece that intended to critique the commercialisation of street culture and graffiti art, and in particular to target the signs and symbols of the Culture Kings streetwear store that now controversially occupies Hosier Lane. The anti-commercialist performance piece was quickly labelled “vandalism” throughout virtually all of the mainstream media and is now being thoroughly investigated by the police.

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