Deborah Kass (American, b.1952) is a Texas-born artist whose work explores the intersection of pop culture, art history, and identity. Kass received her BFA from Carnegie-Mellon University, and participated in the Whitney Museum Independent Studies Program and the Art Students League of New York. She is a senior critic in Yale University’s painting MFA program. Most recently, her work was included in Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Solo exhibitions have included Deborah Kass: Before and Happily Ever After, a Mid-Career Retrospective, at the Andy Warhol Museum; and My Elvis +, at the Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York. Her works can be found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego and the Fogg Museum in Boston, as well as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, the Jewish Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Watch a video interview with Deborah Kass here.

Timeline

1952
Born: in San Antonio, TX
1968–1970
Art Students League, New York, NY
1972
Whitney Museum Independent Studies Program, New York, NY
1974
BFA (Painting), Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
1987
Award from the National Endowment for the Arts in Painting
1991
New York State Foundation for the Arts, Fellowship in Painting
1992
Art Matters Inc. Grant
1996
Art Matters Inc. Grant
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

Exhibitions

2011
Identity Crisis: Authenticity, Attribution and Appropriation, The Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, NY
The Deconstructive Impulse, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY
Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories, The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA;The National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
2010
More feel good paintings for feel bad times, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Shifting the Gaze: Painting and Feminism, The Jewish Museum, New York, NY
Look Again, Marlborough Chelsea, New York, NY
Thanks for Being With Us: Contemporary Art from the Douglas Nielsen Collection, The Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
2009
Great Women Artists: Selections from the Permanent Collection, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY
2008
Art, Image, and Warhol Connections, The Jewish Museum, New York, NY
2007
Feel good paintings for feel bad times, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2005
Upstarts and Matriarchs: Jewish Women Artists and the Transformation of American Art, Mizel Center for Arts and Culture, Denver, CO
2001
Deborah Kass: The Warhol Project, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC (solo)
Contemporary Art and Celebrity Culture, Betty Rymer Gallery, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
2000
Deborah Kass: The Warhol Project, University Art Museum, University of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA; Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston, Houston, TX (solo)
1999
Deborah Kass: The Warhol Project, Newcombe Art Gallery, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA (solo)
1998
Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA (solo)
In Your Face, The Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA
1996
Deborah Kass: The Warhol Project, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Kansas City, MO (solo)
Gender, Fucked, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA
1995
Deborah Kass: The Warhol Project, Jose Freire Fine Art, New York, NY and Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Semblances, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1994
Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA (solo)
Stonewall 25: Imaginings of the Gay Past, Celebrating the Gay Present, White Columns, New York, NY
1992
The Jewish Jackie Series and My Elvis fiction/nonfiction, New York, NY
Simon Watson, New York, NY (solo)
Painting Culture, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA
1990
Simon Watson Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1988
Scott Hanson Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1986
Baskerville and Watson Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1985
Six Painters, Zilka Gallery, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
1984
Baskerville and Watson Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1982
Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL (solo)
1979
Artists by Artists” Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1972
Barnhardt Gallery, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY (solo)