[Editor’s note: IMG MGMT is an annual image-based artist essay series. Today’s invited artist Deborah Kass is a Broadway baby whose paintings examine the intersection of art history, popular culture and the self. She received her BFA in Painting at Carnegie- Mellon University, studied at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program and the Art Students’ League. Her work is in the collections of 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 Weatherspoon Museum, as well as numerous public and private collections. Her work has been written about extensively in doctorates and theses, the New York Times, art press, and books. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally including at the Venice Biennale, the Istanbul Biennale, and the Museum Ludwig, Cologne. She considers Jonathan Schwartz to be the most important living public intellectual and George W. Bush, the scourge of civilization. She is a Senior Critic in the Yale University M.F.A. Painting Program. She will soon be conducting a Glee Forum to theorize the most important TV show ever produced with similar minded Gleeks. Kass’s work can currently be seen at the Jewish Museum in the show “Shifting the Gaze.” It will also be included in the show at he Smithsonian Museum , “Hide/ Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture” that opens at the end of the month. She is represented by Vincent Fremont and the Paul Kasmin Gallery, where a show of her work, “MORE feel good paintings for feel bad times,” is currently on view through October 30, 2010.
Deborah is making her artfagcity debut and would like to thank her wife (love you, Pattie!) friends and family (thanks, Mom and Dad, sis, bro and nieces and nephews!) and of course, her personal savior, Stephen Sondheim.]