This painting belongs to a series of work Deborah Kass began in the aftermath of the contentious Presidential election in 2000, as well as the ensuing terrorist attacks on the United States in 2001 and resultant War on Terror. Kass deployed nostalgia as a potent aesthetic device in these works.. Titled feel good paintings for feel bad times, the series drew liberally from various Post War 20th Century aesthetic positions, especially those of Ellsworth Kelly, Frank Stella, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol and Ed Ruscha. Using their vibrant, optimistic formalism as a structure on which to embed hopeful lyrics from Broadway, Pop Music, film scores, Yiddish traditions, and the Great American Song Book, Kass created electric visual mash-ups that inspire reflection on the differences between the contemporary artistic, political and cultural zeitgeist and that of the period following World War II.
Artist Studio, NYC
Deborah Kass: Before and Happily Ever After, Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, 2014
About Face: Stonewall, Revolt and New Queer Art, Wrightwood 659, Chicago, 2019