Deborah Kass (born 1952) is an American artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. Her work explores popular culture, art history, and the human experience. Kass studied painting at the Carnegie Mellon University, and completed the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program and at the Art Students League of New York. Her work has been exhibited by the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim Museum, and the New Orleans Museum among others. Kass’ My Elvis + is a collection of paintings and self portraits currently on exhibit at the Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York.
Deborah Kass’ appropriations include combining Disney cartoon frames with slices of paintings from contemporary sources including Picasso, Jackson Pollock, and others. For her collection, The Warhol Project, Kass painted artists and art historians in a style similar to the famous Warhol works on various celebrities. The effect is a commentary not only on Warhol’s fascination with celebrity, but also on Kass’ respect for her artist contemporaries and her personal relationship to them. Kass also uses lines from popular songs, film quotes, and more to create vibrant paintings that engage the audience with collective, pop culture memories.
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