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Jay DeFeo: A Retrospective

Edited by Dana Miller, with contributions by Michael Duncan, Corey Keller, Carol Mancusi-Ungaro, and Greil Marcus

Hardcover: 320 pages

Publisher: Whitney Museum of Art (December 11, 2012)

List Price: $60.00

Best known for The Rose, a monumental sculpture in paint eight years in the making, Jay DeFeo (1929-1989) was a sparkplug for a group of artists variously known as “funk” or “beat” who intersected in San Francisco during the 1950s and 1960s.  This lavishly illustrated book, which serves as the catalogue for the exhibition of the same name that will open February 28 at the Whitney Museum, offers the first comprehensive overview of how DeFeo’s unorthodox, highly personal, often fetishistic approach to image making influenced artists such as Wallace Berman, Joan Brown, Bruce Conner, and Wally Hedrick and poets Michael McClure and Philip Lamantia.   Exhibition curator Miller provides an overview of DeFeo’s life and work, while Marcus, Keller, and Mancusi-Ungaro detail how the artist’s interest in poetry, photography, and materiality impacted her paintings. AICA-USA member Michael Duncan explores how DeFeo’s artistic circle fashioned their own aesthetic as a counter to the formalism they perceived in prevailing postwar artistic hierarchies.

 

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