Jay DeFeo1929-1989

Note
Whitney Museum of American Art
Location
New York, NY

$10,000 toward the acquisition and restoration of Jay DeFeo’s The Rose, a major work which until recently had not been exhibited publicly for 25 years. The piece, which took her almost a decade to complete, measures 11 by 7 1/2 feet and weighs 2,300 pounds. DeFeo, a painter of the Beat era who died in 1989, layered on and scraped away massive amounts of paint, carving the accretion down like a block of marble and adding wire, beads, pearls and wooden strips. The Rose was included in the Whitney’s recent exhibition Beat Culture and the New America: 1950-1965.