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b. 1952, USA

Deborah Kass Biography

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.

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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.

Deborah Kass Featured Artworks

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Double Ghost Yentl (My Elvis) by Deborah Kass contemporary artwork painting, print
Deborah KassDouble Ghost Yentl (My Elvis), 1997Silkscreen and acrylic on canvas
182.9 x 132.1 x 3.8 cm
Kavi Gupta Contact Gallery
Painting With Balls by Deborah Kass contemporary artwork painting
Deborah KassPainting With Balls, 2005Oil on linen
213.4 x 152.4 cm
Kavi Gupta Contact Gallery
EMERGENCY #1 (RED, YELLOW, BLUE) by Deborah Kass contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Deborah KassEMERGENCY #1 (RED, YELLOW, BLUE), 2019Acrylic and neon on canvas
81.3 x 221 cm
Kavi Gupta Contact Gallery
OY/YO by Deborah Kass contemporary artwork sculpture
Deborah KassOY/YO, 2013Brushed aluminium on polished aluminium base
26.7 x 50.8 x 15.2 cm
Kavi Gupta Contact Gallery
EVERYBODY by Deborah Kass contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Deborah KassEVERYBODY, 2019Acrylic and neon on canvas
83.8 x 73.7 x 7.6 cm
Kavi Gupta Contact Gallery
EVERYBODY by Deborah Kass contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Deborah KassEVERYBODY, 2019Acrylic and neon on canvas
83.8 x 73.7 x 7.6 cm
Kavi Gupta Contact Gallery
12 Red Barbras (the Jewish Jackie Series) by Deborah Kass contemporary artwork painting, print
Deborah Kass12 Red Barbras (the Jewish Jackie Series), 1993Acrylic and screenprint on canvas
152.4 x 137.2 cm
Kavi Gupta Contact Gallery
Blue Deb by Deborah Kass contemporary artwork painting, print
Deborah KassBlue Deb, 2000Silkscreen and acrylic on canvas
101.6 x 101.6 cm
Kavi Gupta Contact Gallery

Deborah Kass Recent Exhibitions

Deborah Kass Represented By

Kavi Gupta contemporary art gallery in Washington Blvd, Chicago, USA Kavi Gupta Chicago

Deborah Kass In Related Press

The Lenny Interview: Deborah Kass Related Press The Lenny Interview: Deborah Kass 12 August 2016, The Lenny

Artist Deborah Kass is a pop-culture mastermind, known for her subversive takes on iconic male artists — including her legendary Jewish Jackie, in which she painted Barbra Streisand in the style of Andy Warhol's portraits of Jackie Onassis. That was in 1992, and she's been a major force in the art world ever since, including a...

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A show of over 100 women artists offers redress but no resolution Related Press A show of over 100 women artists offers redress but no resolution 24 January 2016, Hyperallergic

The exhibition of over 100 women artists currently on view at the Rubell Family Collection is difficult to review because the works do not all fit into the space and the decision was made to rotate them over the course of the show. The plan is to gradually replace some works with others, but because there doesn’t appear to be any overriding...

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Art as social critique - with a little help from the Rolling Stones and Katy Perry Related Press Art as social critique - with a little help from the Rolling Stones and Katy Perry 9 December 2015, The New York Times

When you walk into 'No Kidding,' the artist Deborah Kass’s exhibition opening tonight at Paul Kasmin Gallery, be prepared for a strange sensation: you can almost hear Kass’s new mixed-media paintings in addition to seeing them. “The thing about music is that it’s so democratic, and art isn’t,” Kass said...

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True to form: Deborah Kass shakes up the canon Related Press True to form: Deborah Kass shakes up the canon 8 December 2015, Blouin Art Info

“The only art that matters is about the world. Audre Lorde said it. Toni Morrison said it. Emily Dickinson said it. I’m interested in the world.” Deborah Kass is taking stock—a moment of reflection on what motivates her work, coincidentally taking place in her Gowanus studio the day before the first Republican presidential...

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