Deborah Kass

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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.

BIO

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 received her BFA in Painting at Carnegie-Mellon University and studied at the Whitney Museum Independent Studies Program in New York. Her work is in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, to name a few.

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 is Senior Critic of the Yale University MFA Painting Program.

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