Jay DeFeo and The Rose / Edition 1

Jay DeFeo and The Rose / Edition 1

by Jane Green, Jay DeFeo
     
 


"A gorgeous and moving book about a grand American masterpiece."—Thomas Hoving

"Is The Rose erupting or imploding, or is it doing both simultaneously—swallowing up and disgorging a life, an era, an entire mythos? The current volume, at last grappling with the whole of Jay DeFeo's great billowing fever dream of a masterpiece, plugs a gaping hole in the

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"A gorgeous and moving book about a grand American masterpiece."—Thomas Hoving

"Is The Rose erupting or imploding, or is it doing both simultaneously—swallowing up and disgorging a life, an era, an entire mythos? The current volume, at last grappling with the whole of Jay DeFeo's great billowing fever dream of a masterpiece, plugs a gaping hole in the history of contemporary American art, and does so with a sense of moment and scale and flair worthy of its mind-blowing subject."—Lawrence Weschler

"An original and highly effective combining of 'readings' of the work of Jay DeFeo, a leading figure of the Beat generation. The various perspectives of the authors come smoothly together in their recognition of her supreme artistic ambition and desire to approach transcendence through art. New images and insights demythologize The Rose, now a genuine icon of the heroic abstract expressionist ethos identified with the era, enabling its creator to emerge as an individual and thereby richly enhancing our understanding of both the art and the artist."—Paul J. Karlstrom, editor of On the Edge of America: California Modernist Art, 1900-1950

"Eight years in the making, Jay DeFeo's The Rose was hidden behind a wall for over two decades and uncovered only after the artist's death. This book presents an account of its remarkable birth, burial, rescue, and resurrection through the words of conservators, curators, art historians, friends of the artist, and critics. The volume's sensitively written essays bring The Rose back to life in all its enigmatic complexity. It is a story unparalleled in contemporary art history, by turns riveting, heartbreaking, and exhilarating."—Eleanor Heartney, author of Critical Condition: American Culture at the Crossroads

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520233553
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
11/13/2003
Pages:
226
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.75(h) x 0.75(d)

Meet the Author

Jane Green is an art historian and has worked on exhibitions at Mills College Art Museum and the Berkeley Art Museum, two institutions associated with DeFeo. Leah Levy is an independent curator and trustee of the Estate of Jay DeFeo. She worked directly with DeFeo as curatorial consultant from 1985 until the artist’s death in 1989, and organized the conservation of The Rose. She is author of Kathryn Gustafson: Sculpting the Land (1998) and guest curator of Revelatory Landscapes (2001) at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Westport, Connecticut
Date of Birth:
May 31, 1968
Place of Birth:
London, England
Education:
"Managed to drop out of Fine Art Degree at University."
Website:
http://www.janegreen.com

Table of Contents

Foreword: Beside The Rose: DeFeo’s Work at the Whitney Museum
Marla Prather

Acknowledgments


Introduction
Jane Green and Leah Levy

COLOR GALLERY
The Legendary Rose
David A. Ross

The Story of The Rose
Martha Sherrill

Think of Jay DeFeo Dancing to Count Basie Playing "One O’clock Jump"
Walter Hopps

Without The Rose: DeFeo in Sixteen Americans
Bill Berkson

Transplanting The Rose
Lucy R. Lippard

Photographing The Rose
Sandra S. Phillips

PORTFOLIO
Valentine’s Day
Greil Marcus

Conserving The Rose
Niccolo Caldararo

Vectors of Emergence, Lines of Descent
Richard Cándida Smith

Art and the Limits of Language: A Critical Approach to The Rose
Carter Ratcliff

Chronology
Judith Dunham

List of Illustrations with Photo Credits
Selected Bibliography on The Rose
Contributors

Index

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