DEBORAH KASS, "OY YO" DIPTYCH, 2011
Deborah Kass (b. 1952) is a noted American artist who employs appropriation and subversion to examine cultural hierarchies, specifically in the art world and in popular culture.
Kass often extracts elements from blue-chip American male artists' works and repositions them in a feminist or Jewish framework. There is always an element of humor and mischief in her practice.
One of Kass' most successful projects included recreating some of Andy Warhol's most famous paintings, but replacing the subject with images of Barbara Streisand.
In this work, Kass is hijacking the work of Californian conceptual artist Ed Ruscha. One of Ruscha's most iconic (and valuable) bodies of work was created in the late 1960's and is characterized by simple words, including sounds, painted in bold colors in grand sizes.
Kass is both satirizing and updating Ruscha's work. She also reminds the viewer of the proximity between language and identity.
In 2012 The Andy Warhol Museum (Pittsburgh) hosted a mid-career retrospective on the artist entitled Deborah Kass, Before and Happily Ever. To learn more about Deborah Kass, we recommend the accompanying catalog published by Rizzoli.
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Signed, dated and numbered by the artist verso.
From an edition of 50
Screenprints in colors, on 4-ply Museum Board
Framed with museum glass
21.5"H 20"W (work)
25"H 23.5"W (framed)