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DEBORAH KASS (B. 1952) | OY/YO, 2011

10,000 - 15,000 USD
bidding is closed


  • Deborah Kass (b. 1952)
  • OY/YO, 2011
painted aluminum on aluminum base; signed and dated with the artist's signature on the underside; stamped with the artist's signature, dated '2011,' number '24/25,' and foundry mark


Jim Kempner Fine Art , NY
Cheryl Hazan Gallery, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner

Catalogue Note

'OY/YO' embodies many of the most important themes in Deborah Kass’ body of work, appropriating a male-dominated visual idiom to investigate the role of identity politics in representation. Transcending media, Kass’ practice has long used the vernacular of Pop Art, a movement well integrated into the art historical canon and affirmed by the market, to address the role of women, as well as racial and religious minorities, in the art world and society at large. First conceived as a public installation in Brooklyn Bridge Park, the present work finds its basis in Ed Ruscha’s iconic 'OOF,' now at the Museum of Modern Art. Taking Ruscha’s foundational treatise in Pop Conceptualism and inserting her own identity as a Jewish woman and New Yorker into the work, Kass’ sculpture can alternatively be read as the Yiddish exclamation “oy” or the oft-heard informal greeting “yo.” With its multiplicity of meaning and root in the parlance of advertising, 'OY/YO' attests to Kass’ commitment to critiquing the homogeneity of the art world and insistence on the legibility of her practice to a diversity of audiences.