KAWS, a native of Jersey City, New Jersey, and now residing in the artist enclave of Brooklyn, is known for using pop culture iconography to cause viewers to consider the world around them differently.
Musto first made a name for himself in the 80s, when the downtown New York scene was at its peak of flamboyance and grit. It was also a battleground for gay rights, and Musto, an openly gay man, was a fierce voice for equality.
We are indeed living today in those post-Warhol years, and his impact and importance is ever present. Nearly all of his work -- not just the legendary soup cans and superstars -- is now iconic and widely sought after, commanding serious prices in the art market.
I've never actually seen a Hermès Birkin bag. Most of what I know about these accessories, which I'm told go for as much as $150,000 each, is based on Mark Khaisman's colored packing tape mock-ups, now on view at Philadelphia's Pentimenti gallery.
Last fall I attended a show at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. The exhibition was a retrospective that guided onlookers through a lifetime of Wesselmann's work, a contemporary of Warhol and Lichenstein but holding a unique outlook and artistic process.
Pop surrealist Mitch O'Connell's kitschy aesthetic has garnered him shows in galleries on several continents and wall space in tattoo parlors the world over. Now the Chicago-based luminary presents a career retrospective in coffee table book form.