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Whitney Museum of American Art

Exhibition Detail
A Retrospective
Curated by: Dana Miller
99 Gansevoort Street
New York, NY 10014

February 28th, 2013 - June 2nd, 2013
February 28th, 2013 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
The Eyes , Jay DeFeoJay DeFeo, The Eyes ,
1958, Graphite on paper , 106.7 x 215.3 cm
© Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of the LannanFoundation 96.242.3 © 2012 The Jay DeFeo Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York /Photograph by Geoffrey Clements
, Jay DeFeoJay DeFeo
© Courtesy of Whitney Museum of American Art
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upper east side
Wed - Sun 11-6, Fri 11-9
collage, photography, sculpture

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. 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.

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