(b. 1952, lives and works in Brooklyn, NY)
Deborah Kass employs the visual motifs of post-war painting to explore the intersection of politics, popular culture, art history and personal identity. Her celebrated series, The Warhol Project, from the early 1990’s refocused Andy Warhol’s eye for celebrity portraiture. Her work incorporates lyrics from Broadway musicals, movie quotations and Yiddish sayings into canonical formats like Frank Stella’s concentric squares, Ellsworth Kelly’s rainbow spectrum and Andy Warhol’s camouflage patterns.
Kass’s work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Jewish Museum, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The National Portrait Gallery, among others. She is a Senior Critic in the Graduate Painting Program at Yale University. Recent solo and group exhibitions include The Pittsburgh Biennial at The Andy Warhol Museum; “The Deconstructive Impulse” at the Neuberger Museum of Art in Purchase, NY; “feel good paintings for feel bad times” and “MORE feel good paintings for feel bad times” at Paul Kasmin Gallery; and “Shifting the Gaze: Painting and Feminism” at The Jewish Museum in New York, NY. In 2012, The Andy Warhol Museum hosted “Deborah Kass: Before and Happily Ever After, a Mid-Career Retrospective.” Kass’s work was also featured in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s “Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years.” In 2014, Kass was inducted into the New York Foundation for the Arts' Hall of Fame.
2013 "My Elvis +," Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY
2012 "Deborah Kass: Before and Happily Ever After, a Mid-Career Retrospective," Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA
2010 "MORE feel good paintings for feel bad times," Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY
2007 "feel good paintings for feel bad times," Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY