SFMoMA Museum of Modern Art

Jay Defeo

03 Nov 2012 - 03 Feb 2013

Jay DeFeo
The Eyes, 1958
graphite on paper
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of the Lannan Foundation; © 2012 The Jay DeFeo Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York;
photo: Bill Orcut
A Retrospective
3 November 2012 – 3 February 2013

This retrospective offers a revelatory, in-depth encounter with the work of Jay DeFeo (1929-1989), one of the most important and innovative artists of her generation, but one who until now has not been given her due. A quintessential San Francisco artist who rose to national prominence, DeFeo was at the center of a vibrant community of Bay Area artists, poets, and musicians in the 1950s. Although she is best known for her massive, visionary masterpiece The Rose (1958-66), DeFeo created an astoundingly diverse range of works; her unconventional approach to materials and her intensive, physical process make her a unique figure in postwar American art. Presenting close to 130 works, including collages, drawings, paintings, photographs, small sculptures, and jewelry, this definitive exhibition traces DeFeo's distinctive vision across more than four decades of art making.

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