Jay DeFeo: A Retrospective

This retrospective is the definitive exhibition to date of the work of Jay DeFeo (1929–89). At the outset of her career in the 1950s, DeFeo was at the center of a vibrant community of Beat artists, poets, and musicians in San Francisco.

Art Exhibition previously on at Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, United States.
From Thursday 28 February 2013 to Sunday 02 June 2013

Untitled image DeFeo working on what was then titled Deathrose image

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Although she is best known for her monumental, almost two-thousand-pound painting The Rose (1958–66, now in the Whitney’s collection), which she spent eight years making and which later languished hidden behind a wall for two decades, DeFeo created an astoundingly diverse range of works spanning four decades. Her unconventional approach to materials and intensive, physical process make DeFeo a unique figure in postwar American art who defies easy categorization. The full breadth of her work will be presented for the first time in this exhibition of more than 130 objects. This astonishing array of collages, drawings, paintings, photographs, small sculptures, and jewelry will illuminate DeFeo’s courageous experimentation and extraordinary vision.

Jay DeFeo: A Retrospective is organized by Dana Miller, curator of the permanent collection at the Whitney. It will be on view at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art from November 3, 2012 to February 3, 2013 before traveling to the Whitney.