Deborah Kass iconic OY/YO Sculpture
Returns to Brooklyn This Summer
NORTH 5th STREET PARK AND PIER
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.

Walking the line between respectful homage and brazen appropriation, Brooklyn-based artist Deborah Kass mimics and reworks the signature styles of iconic 20th century, often with a feminist twist. OY/YO is sourced from urban and Brooklyn slang, the statement “I am” in Spanish, and the popular Yiddish expression.

OY/YO has been a significant and reoccurring motif in Kass’ work since its first appearance in 2011, taking form in paintings, prints, and tabletop sculptures. In 2015, Two Trees Public Art first commissioned the large-scale OY/YO for Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Main Street lawn as part of Art in DUMBO. In a provocative gesture, OY/YO, measuring 8 x 17 x 5 ft and painted bright yellow on aluminum along the Williamsburg waterfront, is visible from Manhattan’s Skyscrapers including the Empire State Building.

“When my wife Randi learned through her affiliation with The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery that Deborah Kass's iconic sculpture needed a home, we were more than happy to help by placing it on the esplanade of the North 5th Street Pier and Park which our firm built in cooperation with the CPC and NYC Parks,” said Jeff Levine, Chairman of Douglaston Development. “By participating in this new rotating art program in partnership with NYC Parks, the sculpture positioned in its new home can be enjoyed by all who visit the Williamsburg waterfront.”

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


New OY/YO
2016
37 x 73 inches
acrylic polyurethane aluminum on stainless steel base
edition of 6 with 2 APs


Auction "Haiti Takes Root"
Soethby's, New York
May 5 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
INAUGURAL INSTALLATION
NEUBERGER MUSEUMSPACE|42
33 WEST 42ND STREET, NEW YORK NY


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

 


HUMAN INTEREST, PORTRAITS FROM THE WHITNEY’S COLLECTION
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.

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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.

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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.

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VOTE HILLARY
Official fundraising print for Hillary Rodham Clinton campaign!

All proceeds go directly to the campaign.
For information: info@paulkasmingallery.com


Deborah Kass: Art Histories
Brand new Gallery, Milan, Italy
September 22 - November 2016

Opening September 22.

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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.)

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OY/YO is MOVING!
SEPTEMBER 29 2016
FROM PRESENT LOCATION TO WILLIAMSBURG FERRY, EAST RIVER


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.

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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.

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DEBORAH KASS : No Kidding
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.

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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.

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Deborah Kass's 'OY/YO' Sculpture Lands in Brooklyn but Speaks to All the Boroughs
Artnet
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.

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YO/OY Sculpture in Brooklyn Bridge Park
FOX 5 NY
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."

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Brooklyn Bridge Park Sculpture Ties Together Two New York Expressions
CBS NY
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.”

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East River Sculpture Gives Dual Shout Out
NYNEWS1
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.

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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.

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OY/YO Sculpture Installation
LovettStories
November 9, 2015

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

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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.

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

Deborah Kass on Athenian Vases

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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.

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

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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.”

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I, YOU, WE
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.

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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.

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

THE ANDY WARHOL MUSEUM, PITTSBURGH PA
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.

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Deborah Kass: Before and Happily Ever After
ERIC SHINER, WITH ESSAYS BY BROOK ADAMS AND LISA LIEBMANN, GRISELDA POLLACK, IRVING SANDLER, ROBERT STORR, JOHN Waters
SKIRA RIZZOLI, NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 2012

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.

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