About

Deborah Kass received her B.F.A. in Painting from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA in 1974. Prior to that she attended the Whitney Museum Independent Studies Program in New York. She has been the subject of numerous one-person exhibitions, including an exhibition originating at Tulane University Art Gallery that traveled the U.S. in 1999-2001. In the fall of 2012, The Andy Warhol Foundation presented her mid-career retrospective, accompanied by the publication of her monograph, “Deborah Kass: Before and Happily Ever After.” She is the recipient of several awards, including an NEA fellowship in painting in 1987. Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Jewish Museum, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Harvard Art Museums/ Fogg Museum. She is a Senior Critic in the Yale University Painting M.F.A. Program and currently lives and works in New York.

Exhibition

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2014 “feel good paintings for feel bad times,” Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2013 “My Elvis +,” Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY
2012 “Deborah Kass: Before and Happily Ever After, a Mid-Career Retrospective,” Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA
2010 “MORE feel good paintings for feel bad times,” Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York
2007 “Feel good paintings for feel bad times,” Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York
“Armory Show,” Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY
2001 “Deborah Kass: The Warhol Project,“ Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC
2000 “Deborah Kass: The Warhol Project,” University Art Museum, University of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA
“Deborah Kass: The Warhol Project,” Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston, Houston, TX
1999 Exhibition catalogue, “Deborah Kass: The Warhol Project,” Newcomb Art Gallery, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
1998 Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA
1996 “My Andy: a retrospective,” Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Kansas City, MO
1995 “My Andy: a retrospective,” Jose Freire Fine Art, New York, NY
“My Andy: a retrospective,” Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA
1994 Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA
1993 “Chairman Ma,” Jose Freire Fine Art, New York, NY
“Chairman Ma,” Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA
1992 “The Jewish Jackie Series and My Elvis,” Fiction/Nonfiction, New York
“The Jewish Jackie Series,” Simon Watson, New York
1990 Simon Watson, New York
1988 Scott Hanson Gallery, New York (catalogue)
1986 Baskerville and Watson Gallery, New York
1984 Baskerville and Watson Gallery, New York
1982 Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL
1972 Barnhardt Gallery, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2014 “Permanency,” Leslie-Lohman Museam of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York, NY
“Bloodflames Revisited,” Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY
2013 “I, You, We,” The Whitney Museum, New York, NY
“Jew York,” Zach Feuer and Untitled Gallery, New York, NY
“Junkies’ Promises,” curated by Iván Navarro, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY
2012 Exhibition catalogue, “Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years,” The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
“Sculpted Matter,” Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY
“We The People,” The Rauschenberg Foundation, New York, curated by Alison Ginera, Jonathan Horowitz and Anna McCarthy
“Larger Than Life: A Century of Hollywood,” Jewish Museum, Vienna, AT
2011 “Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture,” Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY
“Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories,” The Contemporary Jewish Museum, Exhibition catalogue, San Francisco, CA, and the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
“American Chambers: Post 90s American Art,” curated by Iris Moon, Gyeongnam Art Museum, Changwon City, S. KR
“The Pittsburgh Biennial” curated by Eric Shiner, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA
“Mixed Messages,” La Mama Gallery, New York, NY
“Identity Crisis: Authenticity, Attribution and Appropriation,” The Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, NY
Exhibition catalogue, “The Deconstructive Impulse” Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY
Exhibition catalogue, “January White Sale,” Loretta Howard Gallery, New York, curated by Beth Rudin DeWoody
2010 “Shifting the Gaze: Painting and Feminism,” curated by Daniel Belasco, The Jewish Museum, New York, NY
Exhibition catalogue, “Hide/Seek: Desire, Difference, and the Invention of the Modern American Portrait,” National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC curated by Jonathan Katz
“At the Edge,” Portsmouth Museum of Fine Art, Portsmouth, NH Exhibition catalogue, “Thanks for Being With Us: Contemporary Art from the Douglas Nielsen Collection,” The Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ “Shrewd: The Smart and Sassy Survey of American Women Artists,” The Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, NE
“Think Pink,” curated by Beth Rudin DeWoody, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
Exhibition catalogue, “Look Again,” Marlborough Chelsea, New York, NY
2009 Exhibition catalogue, “Beg Borrow and Steal,” Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL curated by Beth Rudin DeWoody, “Just What Are They Saying,” Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA
“The Female Gaze,” Cheim & Read, New York, NY
“Lover,” On Stellar Rays, curated by Kate Gilmore, New York, NY
Exhibition catalogue, “sh[OUT],” Glasgow Museums Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, UK
“Note to Self,” Schroeder Romero, New York, NY
“Great Women Artists: Selections from the Permanent Collection,” curated by Thom Collins, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, New York, NY
2008 “Art, Image, and Warhol Connections,” The Jewish Museum, New York, NY “Just Different!,” curated by Frank Wagner, Cobra Museum of Modern Art, Amstelveen, NL
“Thirtieth Anniversary Exhibition,” Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA
“Twisted into Recognition: Clichés of Jews and Others,” Spertus Museum, Chicago, IL
“Typisch!,” Jewish Museum Berlin, Berlin, DE
2007 “What F Word?,” curated by Carol Cole Levin, Cynthia Broan Gallery, New York, NY
“Culture and Continuity: The Jewish Journey,” The Jewish Museum, New York, NY
2006 “The Eighth Square,” curated by Kasper Konig and Frank Wagner, The Ludwig Museum, Cologne, DE
2005 “American Art: 1960 - Present, Selections From the Permanent Collection,” Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC
“Appropriate Appropriation,” Gray Kapernekas Gallery, New York, NY
“Co-Conspirators: Artists and Collectors, The James Cottrell and Joe Lovett Collection,” curated by Sue Scott, Chelsea Museum, New York, and Samuel Dorksy Museum, New Paltz, New York, NY
“Trade,” curated by Matthew Higgs, White Columns, New York, NY
“Upstarts and Matriarchs: Jewish Women Artists and The Transformation of America Art,” Mizel Center for Arts and Culture, Denver, CO
“Very Early Pictures,” ARCADIA University Art Gallery, Glenside, PA, traveling to Luckman Gallery, California State University, Los Angeles, CA
2004 “Open House: Working in Brooklyn,” curated by Charlotta Kotik and Tumelo Mosaka, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, New York, NY
Exhibition catalogue, “Likeness: Artists’ Portraits of Artists by Other Artists,” curated by Mathew Higgs (2004-2006), co-organized by CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, and ICI (Independent Curators International), New York, and circulated by ICI, Traveled to: California College of Arts, Wattis Institute, San Francisco, CA; McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC; Institute for Contemporary Art, Boston; Dalhousie University Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; University Art Museum, California State University at Long Beach, Long Beach, CA; Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Alberta College of Art & Design, Calgary, Alberta, Canada; Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, VA
“Disturbing the Peace,” Danese Gallery, New York, NY
“Muse,” Leslie Tonkonow Gallery, New York, NY
“Co-Conspirators: Artists and Collectors, The James Cottrell and Joe Lovett Collection,” curated by Sue Scott, Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL
2003 “Influence, Anxiety and Gratitude,” curated by Bill Arning, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA
“Crimes and Misdemeanors: Politics in U.S. Art of the 1980’s,” curated by Thom Collins, Cincinnati Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, OH
“The Recurrent Haunting Ghost, Reflections of Marcel Duchamp in Modern and Contemporary Art,” Francis M. Naumann Fine Art, New York, NY
2002 “Queer Visualities,” curated by Carl Pope, Stony Brook University Art Gallery, Stony Brook, New York, NY
2001 “A Family Album: Brooklyn Collection,” Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
“Voice, Image, Gesture: Selections from The Jewish Museum’s Collection 1945-2000,” The Jewish Museum, New York, NY
“Contemporary Art and Celebrity Culture,” Betty Rymer Gallery, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
“Recasting the Past: Beneath the Hollywood Tinsel,” Main Art Gallery, Cal State University, Fullerton, CA
2000 Exhibition catalogue, “Revealing and Concealing: Portraits and Cultural Identity,” Skirball Museum, Los Angeles, CA
“Deja vu: Reworking the Past,” curated by Barbara Bloemink, Katonah Museum, Katonah, NY
1999 “Fifteen,” curated by Walter Robinson for New York Foundation for the Arts, Deutsche Bank, New York, NY
Exhibition catalogue, “The Perpetual Well: Contemporary Art from the Collection of the Jewish Museum,” The Jewish Museum, New York. Traveled to: Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL; Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE; Parrish Museum, South Hampton, NY; Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, WV
“Culture and Continuity: The Jewish Journey,” The Jewish Museum, New York, NY
“A.R.T. Press Portfolio,” David Adamson Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1998 “In Your Face,” The Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA
“Conversation: Patricia Cronin and Deborah Kass,” Art Transfer Resouce, New York, NY
“5729-5756: Contemporary Artists Welcome the New Year, The Jewish Museum List Graphic Commisssion,” The Jewish Museum, New York, NY
“Art on Paper,” The Weatherspoon Gallery of Art, Greensboro, NC
1997 “The Prophecy of Pop,” curated by John Goode, New Orleans Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans LA
Exhibition catalogue, “Identity Crisis: Self Portraiture at the End of the Century,” curated by Dean Sobel, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI, traveling to Aspen Museum, Aspen, CO
1996 Exhibition catalogue, “Too Jewish?: Challenging Traditional Identities,” curated by Norman Kleeblatt, The Jewish Museum, New York NY, Traveled to: The Jewish Museum, Philadelphia, PA; The Contemporary, Baltimore, MD; The Jewish Museum, San Francisco; UCLA at The Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA
Exhibition catalogue, “Now Here: Incandescent,” curated by Laura Cottingham, Louisiana Museum of Art, Humlebaek, DK
“Real Fake,” Neuberger Museum of Art, Suny Purchase, Purchase, NY
“Gender, Fucked,” curated by Thelma Golden, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA, Seoul International Art Fair, Seoul, KR
1995 Exhibition catalogue, “In a Different Light,” curated by Nayland Blake and Lawrence Rinder, University Art Gallery, University of California Berkeley, Berkley, CA
“On Beauty,” curated by Dan Cameron, Regina Gallery, Moscow, RU
“Face Forward: Self-Portraiture in Contemporary Art,” curated by Maureen Sherlock, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
Exhibition catalogue, “Pervert,” curated by Catherine Lord, University of California at Irvine, Irvine, CA
Exhibition catalogue, “Imperfect,” Herter Art Gallery, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Amherst, MA, curated by Jerry Kearns. Traveled to Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
“Semblances,” Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1994 Exhibition catalogue, “2 X Immortal: Elvis + Marilyn,” curated by Wendy McDaris, MCDaris Exhibition Group, Memphis, TN, Traveled to: Institute of Contemporary Arts, Boston, MA; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX; Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC; The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH; The Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK; Columbus Museum of Art, OH; Tennessee St. Museum, Nashville, TN; San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA; Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, HA
Exhibition catalogue, “Democratic Vistas: 50 Years of American Art from Regional Collections,” State University of New York at Albany, Albany, NY
“Stonewall 25: Imaginings of the Gay Past, Celebrating the Gay Present,” curated by Bill Arning, White Columns, New York, NY
“Pride in Our Diversity,” curated by Ronny Cohen, Colonial House Hotel, New York, NY
“Absence, Activism & The Body Politic,” curated by Joseph R. Wolin, Fischbach Gallery, New York, NY
“Exhibition and Sale for ICI’s 20th Anniversary,” curated by Dan Cameron, Sonnabend Gallery, New York, NY
“Working Around Warhol,” curated by Murray Horne, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA
“Bad Girls West,” curated by Marcia Tanner and Marcia Tucker, Wight Art Gallery, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
1993 Exhibition catalogue, “Ciphers of Identity,” curated by Maurice Berger, University of Maryland, Baltimore, Baltimore County Fine Arts Gallery, Cantonville, MD, Traveled to: Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York, NY; Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA; Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, GA; University of California at Irvine, Irvine, CA; Kemper Museum of Art and Design, Kansas City, MO
“Regarding Masculinity,” Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA
“Collecting for the 21st Century: Recent Acquisitions and Promised Gifts,” Jewish Museum, New York, NY
“I Love You More Than My Own Death, A Melodrama In Parts By Pedro Almodovar,” curated by Christian Leigh, Zitelle Guidecca, The Venice Biennial, Slittamenti, Venice, IT
“Cutting Bait,” Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago, IL
“I Am The Enunciator,” curated by Christian Leigh, Thread Waxing Space, New York, NY
1992 “The New American Flag,” Max Protech Gallery, New York, NY
“Shapeshifters,” Amy Lipton Gallery, New York, NY
“Fear of Painting,” curated by Dan Cameron, Arthur Roger Gallery, New York, NY
“In Your Face: Politics of the Body and Personal Knowledge,” A.C. Project Room, New York, NY
“Painting Culture,” University of California, Irvine, CA
“Selections,” Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA
1991 “Painting Culture,” fiction/nonfiction”, New York, NY
“Rope,” curated by Christian Leigh, Galeria Fernando Alcolea, Barcelona, ES
“Out Art,” curated by Nan Goldin, Saint Lawrence University, Saint Lawrence, NY
“Someone or Somebody,” Myers / Bloom Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
“Something Pithier and More Psychological,” Simon Watson Gallery, New York, NY
Exhibition catalogue, “Just What Is It That Makes Today’s Homes So Different, So Appealing?,” curated by Dan Cameron, Hyde Museum, Glenns Falls, NY
1990 “The Last Laugh: Irony, Humor, Self-Mockery and Derision,” curated by Collins and Milazzo, Massimo Audiello Gallery, New York, NY
“Fragments, Parts and Wholes: The Body in Culture,” curated by Saul Ostrow, White Columns, New York, NY
1989 “Young New York,” Bellarte, Helsinki, Finland (traveled: Turku, Finland)
“The Mirror in Which Two Are Seen as One,” curated by Andrea Belag, Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ
“Painting Between the Paradigms-Part One: Between Awareness and Desire,” curated by Saul Ostrow, Galerie Rahmel, Cologne, DE
“Erotophobia: A Forum on Contemporary Sexuality,” Simon Watson Gallery, New York, NY
1988 “Meaningful Geometry,” Postmasters Gallery, New York, NY
“Five Corners of Abstraction,” curated by Bill Arning, Jacob Javits Center, New York, NY
“Combination Prints,” New Jersey Center for the Visual Arts, Summit, NJ
“Gallery Selections,” Scott Hanson Gallery, New York, NY
1987 “Dreams of the Alchemist,” Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
“Romantic Science,” curated by Stephen Westfall, One Penn Plaza, New York, NY
“Suzanne Joelson, Claudia Hart, Deborah Kass, Pat Steir,” Four Walls, Hoboken, NJ
“Major Acquisitions, Small Appliances,” curated by D. Cameron, Solo Gallery, New York, NY
1986 “A Radical Plurality,” Ben Shahn Galleries, William Patterson College, Wayne, NJ
“Two-Person Exhibition,” Turnbull LutJeans Kogan Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA
1985 “Six Painters,” curated by Jean Feinberg, Zilka Gallery, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
1984 “The New Expressive Landscape,” Sordoni Gallery, Wilkes College, Wilkes-Barre, PA
“Fantastic Landscape,” Exit Art, New York, NY
“Two-Person Exhibition,” Turnbull LutJeans Kogan Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA
1982 “Two-Person Exhibition,” Baskerville and Watson Gallery, New York, NY
“Red,” Stefanotti Gallery, New York, NY
“Landscape / Cityscape,” Josef Gallery, New York, NY, curated by Carole Ann Klonarides
“Nature As Image and Metaphor,” Greene Space, New York, NY (under the auspices of the Women’s Caucus for Art)
“Critical Perspectives,” curated by Ronny Cohen, P.S.1 Museum, Long Island City, NY
1981 “Black Paint / Dark Thoughts,” curated by Ellen Schwartz, Pratt Manhattan Center, New York, NY
“Drawings at the Mudd Club,” The Mudd Club, New York, NY, curated by Kenny Scharf and Keith Harring
“Drawing Show,” Stefanotti Gallery, New York, NY
1980 “First Person singular: Recent Self Portraiture,” curated by Ellen Schwartz and Paul Schimmel, Pratt Manhattan Center, New York, NY Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
1979 “Artists by Artists,” Whitney Museum of America Art, New York, NY


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