Kurt Kauper is a painter whose work had, for the past fifteen years, been images of familiar cultural icons—opera divas, Cary Grant, hockey players, and Barack and Michelle Obama—seen in a variety of unfamiliar ways. No longer working with well-known subjects, he is currently making paintings of naked women to be exhibited soon at ACME Gallery in Los Angeles.
Kauper has had solo shows at Deitch Projects, New York City, and ACME Gallery, Los Angeles. He has been included in numerous group exhibitions both in the United States and Europe, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Pompidou Center, Paris; the Kunsthalle, Vienna; and the Stedelijk Museum, Ghent. He has received numerous awards, including grants from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, and the Pollock Krasner Foundation. His work is included in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Oakland Museum of Art; the Weatherspoon Museum, Greensboro; and the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven.
Kauper began teaching at Princeton in 2010, and is also a Professor of Art at Queens College, CUNY. Before coming to Princeton, he taught at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and Yale University. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.