(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. Kass’s work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Jewish Museum and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The New Orleans Museum of Art, and the National Portrait Gallery, among others.
Recent group shows include "Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney's Collection" at the Whitney Museum of American Art, "Art AIDS America" at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, “Eye Pop: The Celebrity Gaze” at the National Portrait Gallery, “I, You, We” at the Whitney Museum of American art, 2013, and “Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012.
Recent solo exhibitions include "No Kidding", “feel good paintings for feel bad times,” “MORE feel good paintings for feel bad times” and “My Elvis+” at Paul Kasmin Gallery as well as "Deborah Kass: Art Histories" at Brand New Gallery in Milan, Italy. "Deborah Kass: feel good paintings for feel bad times" was on view at Arthur Roger Gallery in 2014. In 2012, The Andy Warhol Museum hosted “Deborah Kass: Before and Happily Ever After, a Mid-Career Retrospective.” Her historical series from 1998 “America’s Most Wanted” had its first ever viewing in New York at Sargent’s Daughters in May 2015.
In 2014, Kass was inducted into the New York Foundation for the Arts’ Hall of Fame. She is a member of the Board of the Andy Warhol Foundation and the Senior Critic of the Yale University MFA Painting Program. More recently, Kass was honored by Coalition for the Homeless Art Walk in 2015, received the 2016 Neuberger Museum of Art Passionate Artist Award, and the Jewish Museum Honor for 2017.
Upon its installation in Brooklyn Bridge Park, "OY/YO" by Kass was widely acclaimed by the New York Times, press, neighbors, tourists and became an integral part of the Dumbo neighborhood's waterfront. It will be greeting passengers at the Williamsburg Ferry stop on the East River later this year.
Deborah Kass “OY/YO” 2016 aluminum and stainless steel, 36 5/8 ” x 73” x 19 1/2”
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