Every week we spotlight the best art drops by notable artists, galleries, museums and contemporary art platforms across the globe. Listed items typically encompass limited edition artworks, prints, collectible figures, collaborative merchandise and more.
For this week’s installment: KAWS releases the BFF plush doll in pink, VHILS and Felipe Pantone launch Configurable Art collaboration, Hikari Shimoda and APPortfolio join forces on sculpture editions, Roby Dwi Antono and VTSS Toys purvey ceramic Intimacy sculpture, and Advisory Board Crystals unveil exclusive T-shirts at K11 Art Foundation.
View the list below.
KAWS BFF Plush in "Pink"
Release Date: April 9 at 12 p.m. EST on KAWSONE.com
Release Price: TBC
KAWS will soon launch the pink edition of his BFF plush. Matching the same form and color as its Dior equivalent, the plush could also be physically manipulated into diverse positions. Edition size and pricing details are still unconfirmed, but we’re guessing it will retail for $200 USD each as observed in previous plush installments.
VHILS x Felipe Pantone Configurable Art Collaboration
Release Date: Available now on Configurable Art’s website
Release Price: Starting at $135 USD
Felipe Pantone enlists VHILS for a special customizable art collaboration on the Spanish artist’s Configurable Art platform. For the partnered installment, VHILS’ relief portraits and abstract patterns are offered as graphics for customers to build their own unique artworks. A total of 15 modular sections are now available to combine until May 8.
Hikari Shimoda x APPortfolio Lonely Hero & OBAKE Sculptures
Release Date: Starting April 12 at the Shanghai World Expo
Release Price: $488-$1320 USD
Interdisciplinary artist Hikari Shimoda is known for painting demonic subjects and otherworldly motifs inspired by Japanese manga and personal experiences from her youth. Shimoda recently teamed up with APPortfolio on two sculpture editions both entitled Lonely Hero and OBAKE. The editions were inspired by a 2014 print of the same name with “OBAKE” meaning ghost in Japanese.
Standing 29.5 centimeters tall, the figures portray the artist’s signature childlike character clasping a creature in its arms. Options are available in Polaroid and Birch materials (300 and 118 units, respectively). Interested buyers can purchase both figures at APPortfolio’s booth (b38) at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition starting April 12 until April 14. An online release may follow on APPortfolio’s website.
Shanghai World Expo
1099 Guozhan Rd
Pudong Xinqu, Shanghai
Roby Dwi Antono x VTSS Toys Intimacy Ceramic
Release Date: Available now on VTSS Toys’ website
Release Price: $800 USD
Emerging Indonesian artist Roby Dwi Antono is recognized for his paintings that are injected with Modern Pop Surrealism, featuring characters composed of mythical creatures and human beings. Antono recently collaborated with VTSS Toys on his first-ever ceramic sculpture that was inspired by his Intimacy artwork that portrays a rabbit subject. Limited to only 50 pieces, the sculpture stands 10 inches tall and arrives in a laser-etched wooden box.
K11 Art Foundation x Advisory Board Crystals T-Shirts
Advisory Board Crystals
Release Date: Available at K11 Art Foundation’s "Glow Like That" exhibition
Release Price: TBC
Hong Kong-based art foundation K11 is currently hosting a group exhibition entitled “Glow Like That.” Participants include both local and international artists that showcase diverse artworks based on the themes of light and technology. Advisory Board Crystals is currently exhibiting a series of new specimens alongside the sale of exclusive T-shirts made in collaboration with K11. Head over to K11 Art Foundation’s website to learn more about the group show and follow Advisory Board Crystals on Instagram to learn more about the tees.
K11 Art Foundation
18 Salisbury Road, 21/F, K11 Atelier
Victoria Dockside, Tsim Sha Tsui