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Vote! Your Life Depends On It
New York, NY
October 10 2018

The 50 State Initiative is a new phase of programming from September through December 2018 during the lead-up to the midterm elections. Building off of the existing artistic infrastructure in the United States, For Freedoms has developed a network of artists and institutional partners who will produce nationwide public art installations, exhibitions and local community dialogues in order to inject nuanced, artistic thinking into public discourse.


YO Deborah Kass!
October 4 2018

After decades in the art world, Deborah Kass has a hit. A major one. The type of beloved public artwork that you see endlessly on your social feeds, and brings a smile to your face whenever you encounter it. I’m talking about “OY/YO” (2015), the eight-foot-tall yellow sculpture that just landed at the Brooklyn Museum for an exhibition titled Something to Say.


NY1, New York, NY
September 29 2018

Finally over to Brooklyn, where a new sculpture is on hand to greet museum-goers so to speak. Deborah Kass is the artist - and her 'Oy/Yo' sculpture was installed in front of the Brooklyn Museum yesterday. The artwork reads as "oy" and "yo" on its different sides. Oy - gving a nod to the well- known yiddish expression oy vey. Along with yo reflecting both urban slang and the spanish word for "I" it's one of several works chosen to be a part of a yearlong public art activation. A museum official says the goal is to highlight the space as a place for conversations on civic issues. "It really is a work that speaks to unity, and to connectedness and really at a moment when there is so much divisiveness."


Something to Say: Brooklyn Hi-Art! Machine, Deborah Kass, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, and Hank Willis Thomas
September 14, 2018–June 30, 2019
Brooklyn Museum, brooklyn NY

In this yearlong activation, Brooklyn artists Brooklyn Hi-Art! Machine, Deborah Kass, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, and Hank Willis Thomas present their work in our public spaces—the plaza green, steps, and promenade outside and the lobby within—emphasizing the Museum as a civic space for conversation and learning. Through their text-based works, these artists use language, questions, and humor to engage topics ranging from national debates to local community issues, sparking dialogue around some of the most pressing questions of our time and inspiring us to listen, share with one another, and connect through art.

Brooklyn Hi-Art! Machine’s fence weaving, similar to those on view across the borough, sits on the promenade above the glass entrance pavilion in a direct entreaty to visitors that subtly questions neighborhood power dynamics. Deborah Kass’s vibrant yellow OY/YO sculpture seeks to evoke joy and unity in its playful monumentalizing of classic New York slang. Kameelah Janan Rasheed’s two site-specific installations use questions and prepositions to give voice to a sense of individual and collective identity in a time of upheaval. Hank Willis Thomas’s neon installation speaks out for love and compassion, despite personal pain and loss.


The Artist Covers Project


True Colors
Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, NY

Nothing in art is more powerful than color. From Monet and Matisse to Mark Rothko and Frank Stella, and onward to the huge Color Field canvases and pulsing neon sculptures of today, color as a means of expression is the keynote for this wildly exuberant show. Potent even to the point of being considered dangerous, it is the most exciting element of art, the strongest tool in the toolbox. “Color, above all, is a means of liberation,” Matisse declared.

The full range of color’s magic is on display in this exuberant show of over 100 works from the nineteenth century to this moment’s hottest talents. The roll call is a hit parade of art history’s most exciting names: Kandinsky, Motherwell, Warhol, Wolf Kahn, James Nares, Richard Diebenkorn, Joan Mitchell, David Hockney, and many more. It all begins with a monumental painting by Titian, considered the original champion of color in art, in a dramatic installation.


Scenes From the Collection
The Jewish Museum, New York, NY

For the first time in 25 years, the Jewish Museum presents a major new exhibition of its unparalleled collection. Scenes from the Collection transforms the entire third floor with nearly 600 works from antiquities to contemporary art, many of which are on view for the
first time at the Museum. Art and Jewish objects are shown together, affirming universal values that are shared among people of all faiths and backgrounds.


Debbie Millman interviews Deborah Kass
for her podcast Design Matters
November 20 2017

Debbie talks to artist Deborah Kass about her long and extraordinary career.


OY/YO Acquired by Jewish Museum
Fall 2017

In honor of Norman Kleeblatt, Senior Curator's 40 years of excellence.

OCCUPY MANA: Artists Need To Create On The Same Scale That Society Has The Capacity To Destroy (Year 1)
Mana Contemporary, Glass Gallery
Curated by Phong Bui and Rail Curatorial Projects
OCTober 15 - DECEMBER 13 2017

A Rail Curatorial Project lead by Phong Bui of the Brooklyn Rail, this exhibition focuses on artists whose practice interrogates the contemporary social climate, including issues surrounding immigration, the environment, human rights and equality, foreign relations, among others, ultimately drawing attention to art as it functions as a lens for better understanding the time in which we live. 


Text Me: How We Live in Language
Museum of Design, Atlanta GA
SEPTEMBER 17 2017 - February 4 2018

The individual component of language—text—is the prime vehicle used to express the experiences of our existence—from minor moments of daily life to the grand nature of the human condition. Our ancestors as far back as the cave man have been using symbols to document and record experiences.

Today, the visualization of our personal stories is an integral and essential part of nearly every moment of life, and we use text in all of its forms to define reality, emotions and even time itself. We are now living in a world wherein the condition of our visual communication reflects the condition of our culture. Conceived and curated by designer, podcaster, and brand strategist Debbie Millman, this exhibition is an attempt to organize, express, translate and reflect both how we live in language and how language now defines our lives.


Curated by Andrianna Campbell And Marilyn Minter
Pop-up Store at the Brooklyn Museum

We titled this pop-up shop Anger Management in order to highlight our response to, and our displeasure with, so many wrongs: the immigration ban; the attacks on the EPA; the continued violence against people of color, queer, gender non-conforming individuals, and religious minorities; the intimidation tactics of white supremacists and a blossoming Neo-Nazi movement (when we lost over 400, 000 Americans fighting Nazis and fascism abroad); and the rescission of labor rights and workers’ benefits. As conscientious individuals, anger seems like an irrational response, but at this stage, it is the most rational response that a progressive body may have. May these objects made by artists and designers for the benefit of charity allow civil conversations to prevail in environments fostered by love, acceptance, and UNderstanding.


Pride of Place: The Making of Contemporary Art in New Orleans
New Orleans Museum of Art
June 23 - September 3 2017

Pride of Place showcases a selection of 20th-century paintings, drawings, photographs and sculptures recently donated to NOMA by prominent New Orleans gallerist and art collector Arthur Roger.


Deborah Kass iconic OY/YO Sculpture
Returns to Brooklyn

JULY 14 2017 – JULY 2018

BROOKLYN, NY— Douglaston Development and NYC Parks are pleased to announce the return of the monumental sculpture OY/YO by Deborah Kass along the Williamsburg waterfront situated at the North 5th Street Pier and Park. First presented in Brooklyn Bridge Park in December 2015, the sculpture will open to the public starting July 14 and remain on view in Williamsburg through July of next year.


An American Man, Arthur G. Rosen 1996
Acquired by the Jewish Museum
May 2017

4 Black Barbras (The Jewish Jackie Series), 1992
Acquired by Brooklyn Museum
May 2017

Camouflage Self Portrait (Tutti-Frutti), 1994
Acquired by Brooklyn Museum
May 2017

Camouflage Self Portrait (Red), 1994
Acquired by LA County Museum of Art
January 2017

Cover of New York Magazine
November 14-27 2016

Deborah Kass: Day After Day

Deborah Kass: Day After Day
Neuberger Museum of Art
Purchase, NY


Whitney Museum of American Art
April 27, 201^ - February 12, 2017

Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection offers new perspectives on one of art’s oldest genres. Drawn entirely from the Museum’s holdings, the more than two hundred works in the exhibition show changing approaches to portraiture from the early 1900s until today. Bringing iconic works together with lesser-known examples and recent acquisitions in a range of mediums, the exhibition unfolds in eleven thematic sections on the sixth and seventh floors. Some of these groupings concentrate on focused periods of time, while others span the twentieth and twenty-first centuries to forge links between the past and the present. This sense of connection is one of portraiture’s most important aims, whether memorializing famous individuals long gone or calling to mind loved ones near at hand.


I See Myself in You: Selections from the Collection
Brooklyn Museum, Contemporary Art Galleries, 4th Floor

The human body has occupied a significant place in the imaginations of artists, from our earliest ancestors to today. Central to how we understand and locate ourselves both individually and collectively, the body is a site of commonality and of conflict, of belonging and of difference.

The works on view in I See Myself in You: Selections from the Collection show real and imagined bodies, sometimes in fragments and sometimes whole, and sometimes just the elusive trace of a human presence. In works ranging from plaster reproductions of the ancient Egyptian queen Nefertiti to painted likenesses of a female artist assuming the appearance of Pop art icon Andy Warhol to photographs of 1990s-era Brooklynites, the stories they call forth are shaped by history, current events, and place, as well as the sights and sounds of daily life.


Art AIDS America
Bronx Museum of the Arts
July 13 - October 23, 2016

This summer The Bronx Museum of the Arts will present Art AIDS America, the first exhibition to examine the deep and ongoing influence of the AIDS crisis on American art and culture. The exhibition will feature more than 125 works in a wide range of media dating from 1981 to the present day, by artists including Félix González-Torres, Derek Jackson, Kia Labeija, Annie Leibovitz, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Martin Wong. The exhibition, on view from July 13 through October 23, 2016, is organized by the Tacoma Art Museum in partnership with The Bronx Museum of the Arts.


Official fundraising print for Hillary Rodham Clinton campaign!

All proceeds go directly to the campaign.
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Deborah Kass: Art Histories
Brand new Gallery, Milan, Italy
September 22 - November 2016

Opening September 22.


The Lenny Interview: Deborah Kass
Lenny Letter
August 5 2016

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 mid-career retrospective at the Warhol Museum in 2012. Kass has long been known for using appropriation and minimalism to make witty feminist statements with her work. (A few weeks ago she created a Warholian portrait of Donald Trump with the words "Vote Hillary" scrawled on it as a fund-raiser for the Clinton campaign.)



A Deeper Dive
Curated by Jonathan David Katz and Andrew Barron
Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
July 15 - October 2, 2016

A Deeper Dive takes a closer look at eight of the artists in the national touring exhibition, Art AIDS America. The national exhibition features work from over 100 artists made from the 1980s when the first cases of HIV were reported in the United States to the present, providing viewers an opportunity to engage with a breadth of artworks addressing HIV/AIDS in a manner hitherto unimaginable. It seeks to unearth the indelible mark AIDS has left on our collective consciousness.


National Museum of Women in the Arts Acquires "VOTE HILLARY"

The Conversation Continues Highlights from the James Cottrell and Joseph Lovett Collection
Orlando Museum of Art
September 16 2016 - January 1, 2017

For more than 40 years, James Cottrell and Joseph Lovett have been building an exceptional collection of contemporary art. It is a collection that not only represents many prominent artists of the period, but also reflects the collectors' passion for discovering new talent and making commitments to challenging work before it is critically proven. Their high regard for the artists they collect is often demonstrated by long personal friendships and a practice of collecting an artist’s work in depth over time.


Paul Kasmin Gallery
December 9, 2015 - January 23, 2016

Paul Kasmin Gallery is pleased to announce DEBORAH KASS: No Kidding, an exhibition of new mixed media paintings on view at 515 West 27th Street from December 9, 2015 – January 23, 2016. Mounted on fields of primarily black and blue, Kass incorporates neon lights in her paintings for the first time, limiting her signature palette, to spell out puns and phrases bearing pop cultural references that provide a somber meditation on the troubling present, and uncertain future.


No Man's Land: Women Artists From the Rubell Family Collection
The Rubell Family Collection
95 Northwest 29th Street, Miami FL
Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The Rubell Family Collection and Contemporary Arts Foundation is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, No Man’s land: Women Artists from the rubell Family Collection. The exhibition will focus on and celebrate works made by over seventy contemporary female artists of diffe The Rubell Family Collection and Contemporary Arts Foundation is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, NO MAN’S LAND: Women Artists from the Rubell Family Collection. The exhibition will focus on and celebrate works made by over one hundred contemporary female artists of different generations, cultures and disciplines. AboUT The exhibiTioN The rubell Family Collection and Contemporary Arts Foundation is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, No Man’s land: Women Artists from the rubell Family Collection. The exhibition will focus on and celebrate works made by over seventy contemporary female artists of diffecontemporary female artists of different generations, cultures and disciplines.

Oy or Yo? Sculpture With Something to Say Lands at Brooklyn Bridge
The New York Times
November 12, 2015

The rude interjection is a staple of New York life. Now, the landscape of the city will itself heckle residents and tourists, with a brash new sculpture in Brooklyn Bridge Park that yells “YO” if you are looking at it from Manhattan or “OY” if you are gazing out from Brooklyn.

The sculpture, “OY/YO,” is the first of this size from the artist Deborah Kass, who describes herself as a “total, absolute, 100 percent provincial New Yorker.” It was commissioned by a Brooklyn developer, Two Trees Management Company, and was placed in the park on Monday.


Deborah Kass's 'OY/YO' Sculpture Lands in Brooklyn but Speaks to All the Boroughs
November 11, 2015

Brooklyn-based artist Deborah Kass is bringing a bit of artistic word play to her native borough with OY/YO, her first monumental sculpture, on view at the foot of the Manhattan Bridge. "YO" refers both to the Spanish for "I am" and to urban and Brooklyn slang, while "OY" is a common Yiddish word expressing woe, dismay, or annoyance.


YO/OY Sculpture in Brooklyn Bridge Park
November 11, 2015

The "oy" came first for artist Deborah Kass. "It came from a painting I did a few years ago that said 'oy.'" she said. Kass only discovered the "yo" when she transformed her 2D painting into a 3D sculpture, now installed beneath the Manhattan Bridge in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

"It was simply a matter of how can you not say, 'Yo, Brooklyn'?" Kass said. "Which left 'Oy, Manhattan.'"

Brooklyn Bridge Park's latest art installment is a large, yellow, two-letter word, sitting atop a waterfront berm, visible from both Manhattan and Brooklyn. When facing Brooklyn, the letters read "yo." When facing Manhattan, they spell "oy."


Brooklyn Bridge Park Sculpture Ties Together Two New York Expressions
November 11, 2015

Two letters of the alphabet are bringing two distinctly New York expressions to life in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Artist Deborah Kass told CBS2’s Elise Finch she was inspired by her New York Jewish upbringing to put her twist on Edward Ruscha’s 1962 painting of the word “OOF.”


East River Sculpture Gives Dual Shout Out
November 12, 2015

A new sculpture near the East River is spelling out different greetings to visitors. But it's all a matter of perspective. The bright yellow aluminum sculpture says "Yo" when seen from Manhattan. But it says "Oy" when seen from Brooklyn. The piece was created by artist Deborah Kass. It went up this week in Brooklyn Bridge Park's Main Street Lawn, and will remain there through next August.


Oy-Yo sculpture creates buzz in Brooklyn Bridge Park
News12 Brooklyn
November 11, 2015

A piece of art on display at Brooklyn Bridge Park is sending different messages to different people.

Artist Deborah Kass created the bright yellow sculpture, called "Oy-Yo."

It either looks like the word "Oy" or the word "Yo" depending on whether one is viewing the sculpture from Brooklyn or Manhattan.


OY/YO Sculpture Installation
November 9, 2015

Installation of OY/YO sculpture by Deborah Kass in Brooklyn Bridge Park. November 9 2015. Produced by Lovett Productions. 


Deborah Kass, America's Most Wanted, 1998-1999
Sargent's Daughters, New York NY
May 20 - June 28, 2015

Sargent’s Daughters is pleased to present America’s Most Wanted, 1998-1999, a historical series of silkscreen on canvas works by Deborah Kass. This will be the first time the work will be exhibited in its entirety and in New York.

In 1998 Deborah Kass asked young and promising museum curators to take part in her current project: America’s Most Wanted. Based on Andy Warhol’s 1964 World’s Fair public commission for the New York State Pavilion: The 13 Most Wanted Men, Kass’ series substitutes curators for criminals. Warhol’s original mural was deemed inappropriate by then-Governor Nelson Rockefeller and painted over with silver paint. In 1967 Warhol used some of the same screens to make his series Most Wanted Men, which was then shown at Galerie Sonnabend in Paris 1967. The Queens Museum then showed the work in April 2014, only 200 yards from the original site of the mural.


The Artist Project: Deborah Kass
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
March 2015

Deborah Kass on Athenian Vases


Warhol Foundation Elects New Board Chair and Three New Board Members
The Andy Warhol Foundation
December 10 2014

The Andy Warhol Foundation today announced the election of board chair, Lawrence Rinder, and three new board members, Shana Berger, Deborah Kass and John Taft.

Deborah Kass is an artist whose work examines the intersection of art history, popular culture and the self. Her paintings are in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of Art, The Solomon Guggenheim Museum, The Jewish Museum, The National Portrait Gallery, as well as numerous other public and private collections. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally at the Venice Biennale, the Istanbul Biennale, the Museum Ludwig, Cologne, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and a mid-career retrospective at The Andy Warhol Museum. She is a Senior Critic in the Yale University M.F.A. Painting Program.


Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man On View at Brooklyn Museum
Brooklyn Museum
September 2014


Deborah Kass Would Like to Thank the Academy
Gallerist NY
april 23, 2014

Last night, in a gala celebration at Tribeca Rooftop, the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) honored the Ford Foundation, along with three NYFA grantees—writer Terry McMillan, dancer and choreographer Dwight Rhoden and Deborah Kass, the visual artist best known for her queer and feminist-inflected appropriations of works by Andy Warhol. For anyone interested in Ms. Kass’s artistic development, a highlight of the evening was her acceptance speech, particularly the second half of that speech, her thank yous, which she prefaced by saying, “Since this is as close as I’m ever going to get to an Oscar, I would love to take the opportunity to say thanks. So you have to bear with me. I don’t want the music coming on.”


whitney museum of american art
april 25 - september 1, 2013

I, you, we: three very commonplace words. These pronouns—with all their implied complexities of meaning—provide an unexpected guide for assessing the works of art from the 1980s and early 1990s in the Museum’s collection. What becomes apparent in this survey of paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, and photographs is how the personal, social, and collective issues and concerns of the artists of this time are still relevant several decades later.

I, YOU, WE is organized by David Kiehl, Curator, Prints.


New York Artists Now : A Special Issue of the New York Observer
Gallerist ny
february 22nd, 2013

It’s been a banner year for painter Ms. Kass. She published her first monograph, was honored with a mid-career retrospective at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, and is currently the subject of a solo show at Paul Kasmin Gallery (on view through February 23). Perhaps the most accomplished female painter to emerge since the 1970s, Ms. Kass is a pioneer who consistently pushes the pop art envelope.


Deborah Kass:
Before and Happily Ever After, a Mid-Career Retrospective

October 26th, 2012 - January 6th, 2013

Paul Kasmin Gallery is pleased to announce that Deborah Kass will have a mid-career retrospective at The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Opening in February of 2012, the exhibition will be curated by Eric Shiner and will include about 75 works ranging from her drawings, paintings and sculpture.

Eric Shiner in this months Art in America writing about his recent visit with Deborah Kass:

On Sunday I flew to New York to meet with artist Deborah Kass, so that we could make the final selection of works to be included in her mid-career retrospective that will launch at the Warhol next spring. The show will include a full range of Kass's paintings, including works from the series "Art History," in which she combines art historical imagery with stills from Disney cartoons, and "The Warhol Project," in which she extended the earlier artist's formal vocabulary to icons who didn't get the Warhol treatment. It will also present drawings, source materials and ephemera. While digging through a box of Polaroids used for "The Warhol Project," we found some incredible images of Cindy Sherman vamping as Liza Minnelli.


Deborah Kass: Before and Happily Ever After

The first comprehensive book accompanying a major touring exhibition by the painter Deborah Kass. More than any artist of the last thirty years, New York City–based painter Deborah Kass has made it her life’s work to position women artists on the great paternal playing field of art history. From her early paintings of the sea pounding rocky shores to her eponymous Warhol Project series and her recent text-based works, Kass has quite literally fired the canon, challenged the status quo, and refigured art history. The book features in-depth essays by a panoply of important figures, including Robert Storr, renowned curator, professor, and onetime subject of a Kass painting, and Griselda Pollock, one of the most important feminist art historians in the field. The volume can be seen as both a primer on feminist movements of the past thirty years and as a potent wake-up call to the establishment that artists of Kass’s caliber must be at the forefront of today’s art world.