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Deb Suite

The Deb Suite,

2012
Set of 4 silkscreens in 7 colors on 2-ply museum board
24 x 24 inches (60.96 x 60.96 cm) each
Edition of 60
The Deb Suite is a continuation of Deborah Kass’s longstanding investigation and appropriation of Andy Warhol’s oeuvre, a project that ct that began in the 1990s, and that occupied her for several years. By borrowing and appropriating Warhol’s work, Kass annexes the artistic gravitas implied by one of the most influential artists of the postwar period, and redirects his celebrity to champion her own values and perspective.

In Deb Suite, Kass responds to Warhol’s famous portraits of Elizabeth Taylor by replacing Taylor — presented as an icon of tragic and glittery femininity — with four iterations of Kass’s own self-portrait. At the time that Warhol made his original series, Taylor was at the height of her fame, and terribly ill with pneumonia. As such, by placing herself directly in Warhol’s imagery, Kass takes back control of the narrative surrounding womanhood in this work—transforming  it from a lamentation of tragedy to a celebration of strength. “In my own work I replace Andy’s male homosexual desire with my own specificity: Jew love, female voice, and blatant lesbian diva worship,” Kass explains.

The Deb Suite is Kass’s only series of prints issued as a set.
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Deb Suite
The Deb Suite, 2012
Set of 4 silkscreens in 7 colors on 2-ply museum board
24 x 24 inches (60.96 x 60.96 cm) each
Edition of 60
Yellow Deb
Red Deb
Silver Deb
Blue Deb
The Deb Suite, 2012
Set of 4 silkscreens in 7 colors on 2-ply museum board
24 x 24 inches (60.96 x 60.96 cm) each
Edition of 60