Among the couples scheduled to be married in New York yesterday, the first day that gay marriage could be performed in the state, were artists Deborah Kass and Patricia Cronin, according to The New York Times.
Ms. Kass, who is represented by Chelsea’s Paul Kasmin Gallery and Vince Fremont, makes work that uses the signature styles of other artists as a starting point, reconfiguring pieces by artists like Ed Ruscha, Bruce Nauman, and Andy Warhol to new ends.
For her “Warhol Project,” which she worked on for much of the 1990’s, Ms. Kass recasted the Pop artist’s celebrity portraits with her own personal subjects, replacing Elvis with Barbara Streisand, for instance, and using Warhol’s style to create her own self-portraits. She will be the subject of a midcareer retrospective at the Andy Warhol Museum in September 2012. (In an earlier incarnation, The Observer interviewed Ms. Kass on the occasion of her 2010 show at Kasmin.)
Ms. Cronin, who is a professor of art at Brooklyn College, works in a range of media, often producing figurative and landscape works that address issues of sex and class. Her art is in the collections of the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow, Scotland. Her work is currently on view at Manhattan’s Stephan Stoyanov Gallery.