Deborah Kass: Painting and Sculpture

Thursday, Sep 10, 2020 – Apr 24, 2021

835 W. Washington Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60607

Deborah Kass: Painting and Sculpture, the gallery’s inaugural solo exhibition with the artist, is on view at Kavi Gupta | Elizabeth St. Pairing a stunning new body of work with select historical pieces, the exhibition creates an unflinching examination of the American condition before and during the Trump presidency.

The canonized giants of Pop Art and Minimalism defined themselves by their opposition to each other—Pop Art could be anything; Minimalism was everything Pop Art wasn’t. However, as a young artist, Deborah Kass saw things differently. Pop and Minimalism were both equally radical. Her dual admiration, along with her commitment to examining the political climate of today, expresses itself abundantly in this show.





Photo: Grace Roselli Pandora BoxX Project

Deborah Kass (born 1952) is an American artist whose work explores the intersection of pop culture, art history, and the construction of self. Work by Kass is in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of Art, The Solomon Guggenheim Museum, The Jewish Museum, The Museum of Fine Art, Boston, The Cincinnati Museum, The New Orleans Museum, The National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institute, Harvard Art Museums / Fogg Museum, as well as other museums and private collections. Kass’ work has been shown nationally and internationally including at the Venice Biennale, the Istanbul Biennale, and the Museum Ludwig, Cologne. The Andy Warhol Museum presented Deborah Kass, Before and Happily Ever After, Mid-Career Retrospective in 2012, with a catalogue published by Rizzoli. In 2018, Kass was inducted into The National Academy. In 2014, she was inducted into the New York Foundation for the Arts Hall of Fame. She was honored with the Passionate Artist Award by the Neuberger Museum in 2016, and was the Cultural Honoree at the Jewish Museum in 2017. She serves on the boards of the Sharpe Walentas Studio Program and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.