A buzz-worthy artist is making his Canadian exhibition debut in our city. KAWS (real name Brian Donnelly) will put on a showcase at Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) this year.

Even if you haven’t heard his name, you’ve likely seen Donnelly’s work before, on album covers, collectibles, and massive installations around the world.

The New Jersey native is one of the most famous artists in pop culture.

He’s even teamed up with celebrities like Kanye West and luxury brands like Dior and Chanel.

His work is so coveted that in April 2019, a piece called The Kaws Album was sold at auction for $14.8 million.

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The artist has announced that his first museum exhibition in Canada will take place at the AGO in the fall.

Curated by Julian Fox, the opening date of the showcase has been set for September 27th, 2023.

Based on other KAWS exhibitions held around the world, we can probably assume that many of his rare figurines and wall art pieces will be on display.

Every time a famous artist rolls through our town, practically the whole city shows up to see their work.

Case in point, Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror room, which was so popular that it has since become a permanent exhibition at the AGO.

We still have a while to wait for Donnelly’s exhibition to make its way to Toronto, but when it finally does, the wait will be worth it!