Deborah Kass, Brooklyn Artist
by Benjamin Fang
Jul 18, 2017 | 15001 views | 0 0 comments | 1307 1307 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Deborah Kass’s work is seen in museums around the country, from Boston and Washington, D.C. to New Orleans and right here in New York City.

A member of the New York Foundation for the Arts’ Hall of Fame, Kass’s work explores the intersection of politics, pop culture, art history and personal identity,

But for Brooklynites, one piece of artwork may stand out the most: the bright yellow “OY/YO” sculpture now sitting on the Williamsburg waterfront.

“I like that it’s greeting people 'hello' from the ferry,” Kass said. “The view of Manhattan is so fantastic from here.”

OY/YO’s first home was in DUMBO back in November 2015, where it stayed for 10 months. Back by popular demand, the sculpture moved to Williamsburg this week. Kass said she likes that it’s staying on the waterfront.

According to Kass, the sculpture just began as a painting that said “OY.” When she saw the reflection, she immediately thought about putting it together in one piece.

“I think this thing speaks to so many different communities, and that’s its strength,” Kass said. “You can say ‘Yo Brooklyn’ and ‘Oy Manhattan,’ but really, “yo” and “oy” mean so much to so many different communities.

“That was the experience in DUMBO,” she added. “It became a backdrop for quinceaneras celebrations, graduations, and weddings.”

Kass, who was born in Texas and now lives in Boerum Hill, said she was happy Douglaston Development chose to bring back her artwork for everyone to enjoy.

“It just spoke to so many people,” she said. “It’s just an opportunity to do it again.”
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