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Jay DeFeo: A Retrospective

Jay DeFeo: A Retrospective

by Dana Miller
     
 

Jay DeFeo (1929–1989) was part of a vibrant community of avant-garde artists, poets, and musicians in San Francisco during the 1950s and 1960s. Her circle included Wallace Berman, Joan Brown, Bruce Conner, Wally Hedrick, Edward Kienholz, and Michael McClure. Although best known for her monumental painting The Rose (1958–66), DeFeo worked in a

Overview

Jay DeFeo (1929–1989) was part of a vibrant community of avant-garde artists, poets, and musicians in San Francisco during the 1950s and 1960s. Her circle included Wallace Berman, Joan Brown, Bruce Conner, Wally Hedrick, Edward Kienholz, and Michael McClure. Although best known for her monumental painting The Rose (1958–66), DeFeo worked in a wide range of media and produced an astoundingly diverse and compelling body of work over four decades. DeFeo's unconventional approach to materials and her intensive, physical method make her a unique figure in postwar American art.

In the first comprehensive monograph on DeFeo, Dana Miller looks at the breadth of the artist's work, her cross-disciplinary practice, broad range of interests and influences, as well as pivotal moments in her career. In addition, Miller dispels misconceptions and assumptions about the artist and also offers new insight into her under-recognized works from the 1970s and 1980s. Greil Marcus explores the significance of titles in DeFeo's work; Michael Duncan considers her approach to her career and the marketplace; Corey Keller looks at DeFeo's photographic oeuvre; and Carol Mancusi-Ungaro examines her materials and processes.

The book features new photography, archival images, and a number of previously unpublished works. Also included are a biographical chronology, an extensive bibliography, and an exhibition history.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
DeFeo (1929–1989) is best known for The Rose, a monumental painting created over eight years that required a forklift to move out of her Fillmore Street apartment in San Francisco and was subsequently “lost” for more than 20 years. This book, published in conjunction with exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, and edited by Whitney curator Miller, confirms that DeFeo’s body of work was full of confidence and experimentation, incorporating an exhaustive working-over of materials: paint, paper, photographs, canvas, and wire. The book argues successfully for DeFeo’s reputation as a photographer with an eye for organic forms. Notable works on paper include a drawing of her tripod (from her Tripod series) that represents her drafting talent despite her claims that she lacked natural ability in drafting. A series of photocopy collages examines her fearlessness in utilizing all media. However, reducing DeFeo’s monumental paintings to book format is problematic. Two photographic studies, 4½×2-7/8 inches in size, seem only slightly smaller than Masquerade in Black, which is 96×96 inches. Nevertheless, the book is a landmark and celebrates a reputational coming-of-age for an important artist. 267 color, 36 b&w illus. (Dec.)
Woman's Art Journal

Jay DeFeo: A Retrospective insightfully, intelligently, and emphatically confirms DeFeo’s rightful place among key American artists of the second half of the twentieth century.”—Woman’s Art Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300182651
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
12/21/2012
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
10.60(w) x 12.40(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Dana Miller is curator of the permanent collection at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

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