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Deborah Kass

MORE feel good paintings for feel bad times

Sep 23 – Oct 30, 2010

Press Release

Paul Kasmin Gallery and Vincent Fremont are pleased to announce a new exhibition of paintings by Deborah Kass entitled “MORE feel good paintings for feel bad times.” This will be Kass’s second show at the gallery and will be on view at 293 Tenth Avenue from September 23 through October 30, 2010.

Expanding the ideas of her exhibition in the fall of 2007, Kass continues to mine the fields of post war painting,
language, and music to explore the intersection of politics, popular culture, art history, and the self. Kass’s new paintings, while more circumspect, still sing. But the songs are of a more ambivalent nature, reflecting her reaction to the uncertain state of current affairs. Her vibrant texts can be read as an emotional barometer of our times.

The American Songbook, Stephen Sondheim and Laura Nyro take star turns in the paintings, as do Andy Warhol, Ellsworth Kelly, Frank Stella and Ed Ruscha in tribute to their impact on our collective psyches. Embodying these influences, her new neon sculpture, titled “After Louise Bourgeois,” reworks Bourgeois’s highly charged quote, stating “A woman has no place in the art world unless she proves over and over again she won’t be eliminated” in the bright lights employed by Bruce Nauman and Broadway.

In addition to the gallery exhibition, Kass’s paintings will be presented in “Shifting the Gaze: Painting and Feminism”
at The Jewish Museum in fall 2010, “Hide/ Seek: Desire Difference and the Invention of the Modern American Portrait,” at The National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Museum, Fall 2010, “The Deconstructive Impulse” at the Neuberger Museum, January 2011, and “Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco and The National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Museum, Spring 2011.

Kass’s work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Jewish Museum, the Solomon Guggenheim Museum, among others. She is a Senior Critic in the Graduate Painting Program at Yale University. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

A catalogue, featuring an essay by Robert Storr, will be published for the exhibition.

For further information, please contact Hayden Dunbar at hayden@paulkasmingallery.com.
For image requests, please contact Mark Markin at mark@paulkasmingallery.com

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