Deborah Kass Would Like to Thank the Academy

Deborah Kass at the NYFA Hall of Fame Benefit, Photo courtesy NYFA/BFA

Last night, in a gala celebration at Tribeca Rooftop, the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) honored the Ford Foundation, along with three NYFA grantees—writer Terry McMillan, dancer and choreographer Dwight Rhoden and Deborah Kass, the visual artist best known for her queer and feminist-inflected appropriations of works by Andy Warhol. For anyone interested in Ms. Kass’s artistic development, a highlight of the evening was her acceptance speech, particularly the second half of that speech, her thank yous, which she prefaced by saying, “Since this is as close as I’m ever going to get to an Oscar, I would love to take the opportunity to say thanks. So you have to bear with me. I don’t want the music coming on.” Read More


At Action-Packed Lunch, Linda Nochlin Accepts Appraisers Association of America Award

AAA president Nancy Harrison and Linda Nochlin. (Courtesy AAA)

Art historian Tamar Garb apologized before clicking to the next slide during her presentation on Wednesday afternoon in the grand banquet hall at the New York Athletic Club on Central Park South. “You’ll forgive me for the somewhat outrageous image,” she said quickly, “but I thought it was quite important not to sanitize the reputation of Linda Nochlin in a situation like this.”

Up popped a photo of Ms. Nochlin, the eminent and trailblazing feminist art historian, at the Centre Pompidou “surrounded or flanked, as you can see, by two scandalous Robert Mapplethorpe images”—that unforgettable one of Louise Bourgeois, with a devilish grin, cradling a huge phallic sculpture and another of a man in a suit, from the chest down with his penis hanging out of his pants. Read More