$7,500 to acquire two works on paper, each from the artist’s Florence and Tripod series, for their permanent collection. DeFeo, an artist of the Beat era, worked among a close knit community of poets and avant-garde artists that thrived in San Francisco’s Bay Area. After completing her seminal 1958-65 work The Rose, Defeo returned to artmaking, after a four year hiatus, in the late 1960s by creating a series of semi-abstract works on paper that were drawn from everyday objects in her environment.
$15,000 toward Jay DeFeo and The Rose, a book of original essays by various art and cultural historians, co-edited by art historian Jane Green and independent curator Leah Levy. The essays will focus on historical, cultural, social and conservation issues associated with her seminal work, The Rose. DeFeo, in creating the 2,300 pound work, layered on and scraped away massive amounts of paint, carving the accretion down like a block of marble, while adding wire, beads, pearls and wooden strips over a period of several years.
$10,000 toward the acquisition of two photo-collages and works in other media representing DeFeo’s art from the late 1950s to the late 1980s. DeFeo, an artist of the Beat era, worked among a close knit community of poets and avant-garde artists that thrived in San Francisco’s Bay Area.
$25,000 for the first in-depth retrospective of the 40-year career of this Bay Area artist who worked in several media. Jay DeFeo: Major Works, organized by guest curator Constance Lewallen, will include a catalogue, educational programs and travel to the University Art Museum, Berkeley, California.
$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.