Double Double Yentl (My Elvis)

Deborah Kass, Double Double Yentl (My Elvis), 1993. Silkscreen and acrylic on canvas. Courtesy of the artist. © 2019 Deborah Kass / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Inspired by Andy Warhol’s Elvis paintings, Deborah Kass substituted Elvis with the image of Barbara Streisand playing a young male Talmudic scholar from the 1983 movie Yentl. 

Kass saw herself in Streisand, embodying Judaism publicly and challenging popular pictures of idealized beauty.

“Appropriation was the language of my generation in many ways. It came out of Duchamp, Warhol, Johns, Lichtenstein.”
— Deborah Kass

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