Swizz Beatz Has a KAWS Colossus at His House

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KAWS, AT THIS TIME (2013) at Mary Boone Gallery.
Photo: Benjamin Sutton.
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Installing AT THIS TIME (2013) by KAWS at Swizz Beatz’s home.
Photo: Swizz Beatz, via Instagram.

Music producer and art collector Swizz Beatz (real name Kasseem Dean) has been documenting the installation of one of the wooden colossi from KAWS‘s recent solo show at Mary Boone on Instagram. Titled AT THIS TIME (2013), the nearly 19-foot-tall sculpture arrived chez Swizzy last week, and has been slowly rising in a double-height room at Dean’s home. As of yesterday, it looked largely complete, save for its head.

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Installing AT THIS TIME (2013) by KAWS at Swizz Beatz’s home.
Photo: Swizz Beatz, via Instagram.

The massive installation and assemblage job hasn’t stopped Swizzy from pursuing other artworks and art-related activities. Four days ago he was collaborating with Damien Hirst on a new work. Three days ago he was acquiring large wooden sculptures by Taku Obata. Last week he was flaunting a recent acquisition by Brazilian street art duo Os Gemeos.

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KAWS, AT THIS TIME (2013) at Mary Boone Gallery.
Photo: Benjamin Sutton.

Other works in Dean’s collection, judging from his Instagram activity, include a large painting by another Mary Boone artist, Peter Saul, a canvas by Retna inscribed in his trademark drippy calligraphy, and an X-Men-themed painting by Hebru Brantley.

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Installing AT THIS TIME (2013) by KAWS at Swizz Beatz’s home.
Photo: Swizz Beatz, via Instagram.

UPDATE: On the evening of July 29, Swizz Beatz posted the above picture of the completed installation.


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