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Kavi Gupta
Good Times, 2015
Acrylic and neon on canvas
Signed and titled on verso
72 x 72 in.


The artist's studio, New York, NY, USA
Kavi Gupta gallery, Chicago, IL USA

Deborah Kass (born 1952) is an American artist whose work explores the intersection of pop culture, art history, and the construction of self.

Kass is a fan of popular culture and a rigorous student of art history, and considers all of the existing artistic content as useful material from which to draw.

She has gotten the most attention for her appropriation of Andy Warhol’s signature screenprints. Kass uses the Warhol technique to create em- powering, feminist images of females from art history and popular culture.

Says Kass, “I use history as a readymade. I use the language of painting to talk about value and meaning. How has art history constructed power and meaning? How has it reflected the culture at large? How does art and the history of art describe power? I have deconstructed those things.”

Kass’ early works were landscape paintings. Her first exhibitions were at Baskerville + Watson in New York, in the 1980s, a gallery that was famous for showing the work of such groundbreaking artists as Sherrie Levine, Richard Prince and Carroll Dunham. These artists had a profound impact on Kass.

Kass has been a Senior Critic in the Yale University M.F.A.Painting Program. Her work is in the permanent collections of MOMA New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Jewish Museum (New York); Museum of Fine Art, Boston; Cincinnati Museum of Art; New Orleans Museum; National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Fogg Museum, Harvard Art Museums; the Rubell Col- lection, Weatherspoon Museum, and many others.