January 1 2021
The vertical text-based painting Just a Shot Away, 2015, commands the entrance hall to Deborah Kass’s inaugural solo exhibition at Kavi Gupta, a mainstay of Chicago’s West Loop for nearly twenty years. Rendered across a variegated black ground, the stacked cerulean text is culled from the rock anthem “Gimme Shelter,” the opening track on the Rolling Stones’ 1969 album Let It Bleed. The graphically composed painting and its appropriated stanza set the stage for a scintillating collection of works that graft borrowed language—funny, banal, upbeat, and grim—onto Minimalist-inspired compositions with bright Pop flourishes. Kass’s eleven works here, made between 2008 and 2020, fill three capacious galleries with fields of saturated color, glowing neon text, and ambitiously sized canvases that toy with the aesthetics of ersatz spectacle and commercial glitz. Among the handful of sculptures on view is a scaled-down version of OY/YO, the punning public artwork in Big Bird yellow that made its debut in 2015 at Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York. It shares a space with an altered quote from Louise Bourgeois, fashioned from neon, that’s twisted into a Naumanesque spiral: A WOMAN HAS NO PLACE IN THE ART WORLD UNLESS SHE PROVES OVER AND OVER AGAIN SHE WON’T BE ELIMINATED. This depressing statement is dressed in candy-coated hues.
|The Year in Pictures: From Global Protests to Museum Heists, Here Are the Images That Tell the Story of 2020
DECEMBER 25 2020
For a year that is almost impossible to find the words to describe, there are an abundance of images that speak volumes. From Black Lives Matter protests to brazen museum heists, here are some of the most striking photographs of this topsy-turvy 2020.
|Naomi Beckwith, Manilow Senior Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago interviews Deborah Kass
December 4 2020
|DEBORAH KASS AND NAOMI BECKWITH
DECEMBER 4 2020 4 PM CST
Kavi Gupta is pleased to present artist Deborah Kass and curator Naomi Beckwith in conversation on the occasion of Art Basel OVR: Miami Beach. The two will discuss Kass' exhibition Painting and Sculpture, currently on view at Kavi Gupta | Elizabeth St. Join us this Friday to hear from the iconic artist and curator on Zoom.
|Deborah Kass: Teenage Dream
DECEMBER 3 2020
“RegardingGlee I would say two things: 1. It’s not like my work. It is my work; and 2. I
|‘I Voted’ Stickers for Everyone Who Needs One
New York Magazine
October 22 2020
Perhaps you’re voting by mail this year. Millions of Americans are doing so, more than
|MINISTRY OF TRUTH: 1984/2020
Art At A Time Like This
This week, just in time for the election, Art at a Time Like This and Save Art Space have installed 20 billboards by 20 artists around the five boroughs of NYC. You can find Marilyn Minter’s at W. 45th Street and 11th Avenue. The others are worth a bike ride through LIC and Brooklyn, or up Webster Avenue in the Bronx. (You can always take a break at nearby Arthur Avenue for Italian delicacies.) Or try a ferry trip to Staten Island. A map of all the locations and images can be found here. Traveling around to see these works is empowering, letting the imagination create an alternative campaign to those of politicians fighting for their appointments. It’s better than the dueling townhalls where one leader stirs the pot for a violent outcome to the election while the other calmly predicts a better-than-now future which is hard to believe. Of course, we prefer the latter, but no longer trust the polls.
This project reminds me of the early John Carpenter horror movie, They Live, where rebels have invented sunglasses that reveal the subliminal messages in advertisements, including billboards. We see the importance of the election in a new light by the juxtaposition of Guerrilla Girls BroadBand’s list of good reasons to vote for Trump, an enemy of federally funded benefits, beneath a sign promoting enrollment in a Medicare program. Or Deborah Kass’ Yo Vote, yellow letters on a bright blue background, that matches the colors of the ad for legal counsel just above. These artworks may not change minds, but offer to insert the point of view of artists into the political debate in our heads.
|COVID-19 MASK PROJECT X DEBORAH KASS
219 N. Elizabeth St, Chicago IL
AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE NOW
Kavi Gupta is proud to announce the next chapter in the COVID-19 Mask Project, featuring Deborah Kass. Based on Kass’s large-scale painting Being Alive (2010), the limited edition ALIVE mask is washable and reusable and features two breathable polyester fabric layers with a bendable nose wire. Proceeds from the sale of the Deborah Kass ALIVE face mask will be donated to THE CENTER, offering the LGBTQ communities of New York City advocacy, health and wellness programs, arts, entertainment and cultural events, recovery, and parenthood and family support services since 1983.
|Deborah Kass in conversation about Painting and Sculpture
219 N. Elizabeth St, Chicago IL
September 10 2020
|Deborah Kass: Painting and Sculpture
219 N. Elizabeth St, Chicago IL
Opening September 10 2020
Kavi Gupta proudly presents Deborah Kass: Painting and Sculpture, the gallery’s inaugural solo exhibition with the artist. Pairing a stunning new body of work with select historical pieces, the exhibition creates an unflinching examination of the American condition before and during the Trump presidency.
The canonized giants of Pop Art and Minimalism defined themselves by their opposition to each other: Pop Art could be anything; Minimalism was everything Pop Art wasn’t. However, as a young artist, Deborah Kass saw things differently. Pop and Minimalism were both equally radical. Her dual admiration, along with her commitment to examining the political climate of today, expresses itself abundantly in this show.
|A Vehicle Of Change
Artists Rights Society
August 3 2020
You say you want a revolution? The question, posited by the Fab Four on their iconic 1968 track “Revolution,” is nothing if not perennial. Evolution is inevitable. Revolution is humanity's response, and throughout history artists have been our messengers, questioning cultural mores and capturing societal unease with a poignancy and beauty that helps to unite, instead of divide.
The Beatles continued to croon, we all want to change the world. With an artist like Deborah Kass in our midst, we just might stand a chance.
|Enough of Trump: Using Art to Get Out the Vote
July 30 2020
ENOUGH of Trump features new, original pieces created specifically for the #ArtTheVote campaign, by a diverse group of prominent American artists including Ruscha, Carrie Mae Weems (who helped spearhead the project), Shepard Fairey, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Jeffrey Gibson, Mark Thomas Gibson, Deborah Kass, Christine Sun Kim, Takaaki Matsumoto, Amalia Mesa-Bains, Beverly McIver, Sam Messer, Alyson Shotz, Hank Willis Thomas, and Cayetano Valenzuela.
|Submit Artwork to
Ministry of Truth: 1984–2020,
a New York City-Wide Billboard Exhibition
July 22 2020
Art at a Time Like This and Save Art Space are looking for artists of all kinds to submit work to be considered for the public art project, Ministry of Truth: 1984-2020, presenting artworks on billboards around New York City and on artatatimelikethis.com in October 2020.
Curated by Barbara Pollack, Anne Verhallen, and Jerome Lamaar, the exhibition will feature artwork that comments on the current state of U.S. politics and that stimulates dialogue about the increasing polarization of our society.
|Enough of Trump
July 20 2020
For nearly five decades, feminist artist Deborah Kass has used Pop art techniques to explore the intersections between pop culture, art history, and the construction of self. Preceding the 2016 election, Kass declared her support for Hillary Clinton through a screen print, which utilizes her signature “appropriation” technique to mimic Andy Warhol’s 1972 “Vote McGovern” print. She has also clearly spoken out against Donald Trump, saying that “every day since his inauguration, Trump has worked to destroy the rule of law by declaring himself above it.”
|Baltimore Museum of Art's New Acquisitions Tied to 2020 Vision Focus on Women
June 24 2020
The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) has announced new acquisitions made
|Brooklyn Daily Eagle
June 22 2020
|BLACK TRANS LIVES MATTER!!!
June 17 2020
|New York Post
June 16 2020
|Deborah Kass in London Times
June 16 2020
|Life During Wartime
June 16 2020
“I use history as a readymade,” Deborah Kass has declared. “I use the language of painting to talk about value and meaning. How has art history constructed power and meaning? How has it reflected the culture at large? How does art and the history of art describe power?”
Most discourses around power and meaning today are—or should be—undergoing serious reconsideration. Theories of knowledge have bent to the breaking point. The combined weight of political instability, alternative facts, a growing rejection of science and the destabilizing effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as the growing use of state violence, have mined the confidence of people around the world but of Americans especially.
|The Prophecies of Deborah Kass
June 13 2020
In 1972, Andy Warhol created “Vote McGovern,” a political screen print for the Democratic presidential candidate, George McGovern. The work seems straightforward. Depicting Richard Nixon against a repulsive, high-pitched orange field, with green and blue skin and orange eyes, as if he were a vampire, the caption reads, “Vote McGovern.” The message was clearly understood by the IRS, which repeatedly audited Warhol’s taxes, causing him to keep the very detailed financial records described by Pat Hackett in The Andy Warhol Diaries (Warner Books, 1989).
Deborah Kass often tweaks modernist works. “Vote Hillary”(2016), her political screen print for Hillary Clinton, uses an uninviting portrait of Donald Trump with the caption “Vote Hillary.” Long ago, when she was my student, Kass painted a copy of Eugène Delacroix’s Ophelia. More recently, in reworking paintings by famous male modernists, she offers a feminist critique of artistic creativity. Some other distinguished contemporary artists have adopted this strategy — Elaine Sturtevant and Sherrie Levine, to name two. What’s distinctive about “Vote Hillary” is its political role. Only art students know the sources of some appropriations. But like all successful political art, “Vote Hillary” has a message that is immediately accessible.
|WHY QUEER ARTIST DEBORAH KASS SEES
MUCH MORE WORK TO BE DONE
CR Fasion Book
June 4 2020
Deborah Kass takes in the world around her and distills it meaningfully into her artwork. This process was how she found her creative voice— using the language of art history as a starting point for her own expression. Her practice has spanned more than five decades across painting, photography, sculpture—even neon light installations. But her most recognized style is often a pop cultural spin on the artistic greats who came before her—from Eugèn eDelacroix and Pablo Picasso to Jasper Johns and Jackson Pollock. In both homage and critique, Kass’ paintings rewrite their work through her lens, infusing them with Disney cartoons, female artist icons, and texts on gender and identity.
|Art Matters @ Home
April 28 2020
Art Matters is an ongoing series of conversations with innovators and icons of the art world, led by Arnold Lehman, Phillips' Senior Advisor and Director Emeritus, The Brooklyn Museum.
Riding off the success of our live panel series, ART MATTERS with Arnold Lehman, Phillips is pleased to present Art Matters @ Home featuring a new conversation between our own Arnold Lehman and a leading voice from the worlds of art and culture every week through Labor Day. A new episode will be released each Tuesday and can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own home or on the go.
|Museums From Home Artist Talks
Cantor Arts Center
April 23 2020
As part of our efforts to bring artists and ideas outside the gallery and into our community while the museums are temporarily closed, we are pleased to present the first of a series of conversations with leading contemporary artists.
In this edition, John and Jill Freidenrich Director of the Cantor Arts Center Susan Dackerman and visual artist Deborah Kass discuss her art practice leading up to the creation of OY/YO.
|On-the-Spot with Deborah Kass
Mixed media artist Deborah Kass (@debkass) shows us around her studio for our Weekend Journal #3. Kass shows us some works in progress and tells us about her inspirations for language and color, the music she’s listening to, and the political motivations driving her current work.
|Art In Lockdown Deborah Kass
April 3 2020
Deborah Kass (born 1952) is an American artist whose work explores the intersection of pop culture, contemporary art, and the construction of self. Kass is a great lover of film, music, comics and other mass media, and a rigorous student of art history, and she considers all human creative endeavors as useful material from which to draw. Intersecting these different fields of cultural production allows for deconstructive examination of power, meaning, and value.
Says Kass, “I use history as a readymade. I use the language of painting to talk about value and meaning. How has art history constructed power and meaning? How has it reflected the culture at large? How does art and the history of art describe and reinscribe power?”
|Art At A Time Like This
This crisis started Nov 9 2016 and has not let up since when the FSB fixed an American election and installed Donald Trump. Every day our collective trauma and degradation continues. Everyday since his inauguration Trump has worked to destroy the rule of law by declaring himself above it. He has destroyed the administrative state by gutting every department that has kept Americans safe, firing experts with decades of experience and replacing them with cronies who have zero expertise or experience. The result is a pandemic. I still wonder when Americans will wake up the fact that Trump was installed to literally kill Americans. Maybe now? He has committed Crimes Against Humanity against men women and children who are not Americans. His treason and torture continue unabated. In fact, have now accelerated to point that made we might begin to call him what he is: the enemy. I so admire artists who can escape into their own process. I never have been that kind of artist.
|Kavi Gupta now representing Deborah Kass
Kavi Gupta is proud to announce representation of iconic New York artist Deborah Kass.
Kass is known for her distinctive method of Pop Appropriation, which first gained prominence in the late 1980s with her Art History Paintings, a series which combined Disney imagery with snippets of paintings by contemporary artists such as Picasso, Jackson Pollock and Jasper Johns. Kass’ follow-up series, The Warhol Project, appropriated Warhol’s production methods, replacing his subjects with images of people influential to Kass, such as artists Cindy Sherman and Elizabeth Murray, Barbra Streisand in her role as Yentl, and, in the case of her Most Wanted series, art world influencers whose faces replaced those of the criminals in Warhol’s Thirteen Most Wanted Men series.
|NOW at IPPOLITA Store on Madison Avenue
IPPOLITA collaborates with artist Deborah Kass to create exclusive charms as a fundraising initiative with the Brooklyn Museum.
Deborah Kass is the second distinguished artist collaborating with Ippolita for the “Artist Charms” series. This exclusive collection was created in partnership with the Brooklyn Museum and features unique jewelry celebrating art and beauty, inspired by relevant contemporary art work. The line started in April 2019 with two charms inspired by Nick Cave’s Soundsuits. Now Ippolita has designed four charms to add to this series, all based on the OY/YO sculpture by Deborah Kass.
|An Art Show for Hundreds of Women. And Thatʼ’s Just the Artists.
The New York Times
May 16 2019
The artist Deborah Kass, 67, whose sculpture “OY/YO” is installed outside the Brooklyn Museum, contributed a 2009 silkscreen edition, “Nobody Puts Baby in the Corner.” It will be on display at La MaMa’s Galleria, the biennial’s other venue. “I’ve been an artist in New York City my whole life, and I always wanted to be in a biennial in my hometown,” Ms. Kass said pointedly. “So why not this one?”
|OY/YO acquired by Stanford University
May 15 2019
Later this summer, another sculpture will stand as the permanent greeter beneath the Greek friezes and Roman columns at the Cantor museum’s historic entrance. The aluminum piece is a commissioned work by Deborah Kass, titled “OY/YO” — from the parking lot, it beckons with the word “YO” and when leaving, it reads “OY.” It stands 8 feet tall and 15 feet wide, and is painted Lamborghini yellow.
“We’re doing this because students find this facade intimidating and unapproachable,” Dackerman says. “This is a welcome.”
|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.
|Also up now at the Brooklyn Museum
|Off The Wall Curated by Culture Corps
NEW YORK, NY
OFF THE WALLis a highly visible and compelling platform on which the work of 13 significant artists can be experienced within the vibrant fabric of New York City. The title, OFF THE WALL, is inspired by two connected ideas; the artworks are physical extensions of the vibrancy within the walls of Hudson Yards, and the definition of this phrase signals what might be expected: the unusual, remarkable, and curious, that often incorporates a unique sense of humor. With the specific location of Hudson Yards in mind, all artworks relate back to the site’s past, present or future. The large scale pieces welcome interaction, and visitors who engage with the art simultaneously become their activators. By standing in an installation tableau, participating in interactive works, taking photos and sharing individual points of view, people of all ages and backgrounds organically build a Hudson Yards #OffTheWall community album.
New York, NY
May 2 - June 29 2019
Curated by Stephanie Ingrassia
Cristina Grajales Gallery
New York, NY
April 25 - June 28 2019
|Every Woman Biennial
La Mama, La Galleria
New York, NY
May 19 - May 29 2019
|About Face: Stonewall Revolt and the New Queer Curated by Dr Jonathan D. Katz
APRIL 22 - SEPTEMBER 6 2019
|Transamerica/n: Gender, Identity, Appearance Today
THE MCNAY ART MUSEUM
SAN ANTONIO, TX
JUNE 20 - SEPTEMBER 15 2019
New York, NY
June 6 - July 13 2019
|Queer Forms Curated by Howard Oransky
KATHERINE E. NASH GALLERY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
SEPTEMBER 10 - DECEMBER 7 2019
|FOR FREEDOMS: WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR PHOTOGRAPHY
NEW YORK, NY
FEBRUARY 8 - APRIL 28 2019
In the wake of the 2018 midterm elections, For Freedoms: Where Do We Go From Here? explores the role of art and visual representation in American civic life through the work of the For Freedoms collective. Founded in 2016 by Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman, For Freedoms is an artist-led platform that investigates how art and artists can help deepen public discourse and political awareness in the United States.
Andy Warhol: A to B and Back Again
THE WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART
NEW YORK, NY
November 12, 2018- March 31, 2019
“WarholxWhitney" 4 part video series discussing aspects of Andy Warhol's work produced in conjunction with the exhibition Andy Warhol A to B and Back Again.
|Dialogue and Discourse: Eric Marcus in Conversation with Ross Bleckner and Deborah Kass
THE JEWISH MUSEUM
NEW YORK, NY
MARCH 7 2019
Hear about the life and work of collection artists Ross Bleckner and Deborah Kass in the context of LGBTQ+ history and Jewish identity in this conversation moderated by Eric Marcus, creator and host of the Making Gay History podcast. This program is held in partnership with the Stonewall 50 Consortium, which brings together cultural institutions to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising and the LGBTQ+ civil rights movement.
|Art Forum: a Conversation with Deborah Kass and Lisa Dennison, Moderated by Doug Kass
HIGH RIDGE COUNTRY CLUB
2400 HYPOLUXO ROAD
MARCH 23 2019
|Art Matters: Talking About Art with Arnold Lehman
450 PARK AVENUE
NEW YORK, NY
APRIL 2 2019
PRESENTING: ART & QUEER CULTURE Lyle Ashton Harris Cary Leibowitz Deborah Kass Marlene Mccarthy
|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."
|The Artist Covers Project
NEW YORK MAGAZINE
NEW YORK, NY
| 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
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
Debbie Millman interviews Deborah Kass
Debbie talks to artist Deborah Kass about her long and extraordinary career.
OY/YO Acquired by Jewish Museum
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)
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.
Curated by Andrianna Campbell And Marilyn Minter
Pop-up Store at the Brooklyn Museum
SEPTEMBER 28 - NOVEMBER 12 2017
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.
An American Man, Arthur G. Rosen 1996
4 Black Barbras (The Jewish Jackie Series), 1992
Camouflage Self Portrait (Tutti-Frutti), 1994
Camouflage Self Portrait (Red), 1994
Cover of New York Magazine