Press Release

feel good paintings for feel bad times

"These are feel good paintings for feel bad times. Redolent, nostalgic, longing for post war high times, when anything was possible. Hollywood, Broadway, even art was democratic." --Deborah Kass
Paul Kasmin Gallery and Vincent Fremont are pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings by Deborah Kass. This is her first major exhibition in the United States in six years and her first in New York in twelve years. In this highly anticipated exhibition, Kass will show her third body of work dealing with the intersection of the self, popular culture, contemporary art, and art history.
Following the widely acclaimed Warhol Project in the 1990s, Kass's new work recontextualizes post-War painting, juxtaposing art history with popular culture. Her work incorporates words from Broadway, movies, Yiddish, and music in order to provide a fresh look at, to paraphrase Muriel Spark, what it is like to have been born in the middle of the last century. Her work is imbued with nostalgia for Post-War American optimism, the middle class, and the notion that the world was ours to change. Kass's newest body of work is deeply informed by the political climate of the last seven years and the notion that our past optimism has now been replaced by a more provisional relationship to the world.

Kass's work can be found in numerous public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Jewish Museum and The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She has been the subject of numerous one person exhibitions, including a mid-career survey exhibition originating at Tulane University Art Gallery that traveled the U.S. in 1999-2001. She is a Senior Critic in the Yale University Painting MFA Program. She lives and works in New York.

A fully illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition with text by John Waters.

For further information or images, please contact Mia Simpson, [email protected]