Deborah Kass

If I Were a Wealthy Man, 2006 by Deborah Kass

Perhaps best known for her appropriation of the work of Andy Warhol, Deborah Kass’ large scale paintings in vivid, nostalgic colours challenge common strongholds of ethnicity, gender and sexuality in tandem with the politics of power and appropriation.

In her recent long-term project feel good paintings for feel bad times, she continues to reanimate major figures and events from the past century of American culture. She explores their intersection with both the enduring influence of celebrity and the notion of identity as masquerade.

Her work is held in collections worldwide and has been exhibited internationally, including the Venice Biennale, the Istanbul Biennial and the National Portrait Gallery, London. She is a senior critic in the Yale University M.F.A Painting Program, and is represented by Vincent Fremont and the Paul Kasmin Gallery.