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The crowd outside Paul Kasmin Gallery for the Sept. 8, 2007, opening of "Deborah Kass: Feel Good Paintings for Feel Bad Times"
Photo by Paul H-O
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by Charlie Finch

A fetid, humid Friday evening didn’t stop hordes of middle-aged admirers from pouring into the non-air-conditioned Paul Kasmin Gallery to view Deborah Kass’ triumphant show of "happy" pictures. We spied Marilyn Lerner, Matthew Abbott, Chrysanne Stachacos, Kathe Burckhardt, Laurie Thomas, Lisa Hoke and many other veterans marveling at Deborah steamrolling back into splendor. Slimmed-down lovers Kass and Pattie Cronin looked as if they had held up a beauty parlor, after mugging Oscar de la Renta. The middle years have never been so desirable.