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OY YO, 2015, Painted aluminum, 96 x 204 x 60 inches (243.84 x 518.16 x 152.4 cm), 1,835 lbs, Edition of 6

OY YO,

2015
Painted aluminum
96 x 204 x 60 inches (243.84 x 518.16 x 152.4 cm), 1,835 lbs
Edition of 6
Deborah Kass (b. 1952) is a multidisciplinary artist examining the interactions of politics, pop culture, art history, and identity within a Pop art sensibility. Interested in ideas of appropriation and duplication, Kass works in a variety of media, including painting, prints, neon, sculpture, and installation. The artist blends together gender issues, feminism, and a keen sense of humor. Her art is geared to challenge contemporary gender norms and male-centric social structures. Throughout her career, the artist has championed feminist agendas within the art world and beyond.

Kass’ work are exercises of self-reflection, as many of her works circle around themes of identity. In this piece, Kass plays on the double meaning of the word “yo, (simultaneously Spanish for “I” and a reference to urban slang), and its inverse, “oy” (a Yiddish term expressing woe or dismay). Inspired by Ed Ruscha’s word paintings, Kass’ work figures as a reflection of a male-centric art history as well as the complexities of verbal cultural signaling. A monumental OY/YO is on view at the Brooklyn Museum.
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OY YO, 2015, Painted aluminum, 96 x 204 x 60 inches (243.84 x 518.16 x 152.4 cm), 1,835 lbs, Edition of 6
OY YO, 2015
Painted aluminum
96 x 204 x 60 inches (243.84 x 518.16 x 152.4 cm), 1,835 lbs
Edition of 6
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OY YO, 2015
Painted aluminum
96 x 204 x 60 inches (243.84 x 518.16 x 152.4 cm), 1,835 lbs
Edition of 6