Whitney Museum Independent Studies Program, New York, NY, 1972
Artist Deborah Kass finds inspiration in artists like Andy Warhol, Ellsworth Kelly, Frank Stella, Ed Ruscha, Bruce Nauman and Louise Bourgeois from whom she borrows words and deliberately appropriates styles. Her current body of work, Feel Good Paintings for Feel Bad Times, illustrates lyrics from Broadway show tunes, pop music, and classic American songs. These paintings convey positive messages in celebration of the middle class and American culture. Kass chose Broadway as a reference point because she finds it definitively American, optimistic, and personal.
One of her most famous series, the Warhol Project from 1992—2000, employs Warhol's style to celebrate Kass's personal heroes, including singer Barbra Streisand and artists Cindy Sherman and Elizabeth Murray.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
The Jewish Museum, New York, NY
La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
New Museum, New York, NY
The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY