Country of Origin: Japan
Dimensions: 16” x 5” x 3.5”
American artist Brian Donnelly, known as KAWS, began his career adding his graffiti to fashion advertising on NYC bus shelters and phone booths in the 1990s. He has gone on to create a large body of work including paintings and sculpture and collaborations with toy and apparel firms. Introduced in 2016, BFF has crossed-out eyes, gloved hands, and oversized ears like KAWS’s signature “Companion” figures. But BFF’s furry exterior—reminiscent of the woolly texture of Sesame Street’s Elmo—was unprecedented for the street artist, whose sculptures typically had a smooth finish. This version was released through MoMA in 2019.