Mary joan jay defeo (march 31, 1929 – november 11, 1989) was a visual artist associated with the beat generation who worked c1950-1989 in the san francisco bay area. Even the earliest and slightest works in jay defeo: a retrospective, which opens today at the san francisco museum of modern art, exude a fearlessness characteristic of her sensibility before. ©the jay defeo trust/artists rights society (ars), new york courtesy of mitchell-innes & nash, ny we walked through the gallery with lucy mitchell-innes last tuesday to learn more about defeo’s experimentation and chance trials, and about how the exhibition came to be. Art & design art in review jay defeo “reflections of africa no 7,” from 1987, by jay defeo, in charcoal, acrylic and grease pencil on rag board. 410 / review jay defeo: a retrospective by daily serving february 26, 2013 we are pleased to present rob marks’s review of the jay defeo retrospective, which was on view at the san francisco museum of modern art through february 3, in anticipation of the exhibition’s travel to the whitney museum of american art, in new york, this spring this review originally appeared on daily serving.
©2018 the jay defeo foundation for personal and/or educational use only text and images of any works of visual art or any other images contained on this website may not be reproduced, downloaded or modified in any form without the express written permission of the jay defeo foundation. Rarely is an artist so closely associated with a single work as is jay defeo with her monumental painting the rose begun in the late 1950s, when defeo, a central figure of the beat generation of san francisco, was just starting to garner widespread national recognition, the visionary work occupied the artist for eight years. Miller, and jay prosser, eds picturing atrocity: photography in crisis london: reaktion books, 2012 reviewed by lisa saltzman brilliant, richard, and dale kinney, eds reuse value: spolia and appropriation in art and architecture from constantine to sherrie levine american visual and print culture in the age of the daguerreotype.
Major support for jay defeo: a retrospective is provided by the national committee of the whitney museum of american art and the andy warhol foundation for the visual arts generous support is provided by the horace w goldsmith foundation, the lannan foundation, and the national endowment for the arts. Of a jay defeo exhibition he wrote, “the final work in the show, “last valentine” (1989), is of a heart shape in brown and white, with feathery strokes melting into a delicately rumpled. Continuing through july, 14, 2018 this astute exhibition of nearly forty works on paper by jay defeo narrows the lens on an artist who defies categorization. Born mary joan defeo, the enigmatic san francisco painter assumed the nickname jay and began making art in junior high school, mentored by an artist-neighbor named michelangelo, while living in san jose.
Defeo, a show of 40 works – culled from the last two decades of the artist’s life — is a prelude to a retrospective of the artist’s work organized by the whitney museum of american art that will hit sfmoma next fall. The show features 51 paintings by 12 artists active in new york and san francisco in the 1950s: mary abbott, jay defeo, perle fine, helen frankenthaler, sonia gechtoff, judith godwin, grace. Mary joan jay defeo (march 31, 1929 – november 11, 1989) was a visual artist associated with the beat generation who worked c1950-1989 in the san francisco bay area life and work an only child, mary joan defeo was born to a nurse from an austrian immigrant family and an italian-american medical student in hanover, new hampshire in 1929. Works such as jay defeo’s untitled (cross) (1953) and bruce conner’s crucifixion (1960) render, albeit in different ways, the cross—an object and presence so ubiquitous throughout art history defeo’s cross appears bandaged, troubled, and reverent.
Wally hedrick was known as an “idea artist” long before the label “conceptual art” entered the art world, and experimented with innovative use of language in art, at times resorting to puns [2. Artwork title the verónica artist name jay defeo date created 1957 classification painting medium oil on canvas dimensions 132 in x 42 3/8 in (33528 cm x 10763 cm. An exhibition of 55 paintings, photographs, collages and drawings — 46 of which have never been exhibited before — traces relationships between pairs or groups of works, examining ideas of the döppleganger and yin yang in jay defeo’s oeuvre. Jay defeo – aspen jun 29-oct 28 – the ripple effect – artists are often asked who inspired them the premise of this show is that jay defeo was an artist who did that inspiring for many.
But to that canonical gang of three, the denver curator, gwen chanzit, adds nine artists, three of whom are just beneath the big three — jay defeo, grace hartigan and elaine de kooning. Jay defeo (1929–1989) was part of a vibrant community of avant-garde artists, poets, and musicians in san francisco during the 1950s and 1960s. Secret exhibition chronicles a vital california art movement, focusing on six artists wallace bergman, jess, bruce conner, jay defeo, wally hendrick, and george herms who broke new ground with provocative work, especially in assemblage and mixed-media projects.
The jay defeo foundation, a private foundation, was established under the terms of the will of the artist the foundation is represented by new york-based gallery mitchell-innes & nash,  zurich's galerie eva presenhuber , galerie frank elbaz in paris, and hosfelt gallery in san francisco. Jay defeo (born in 1929 in hanover, new hampshire, usa died in 1989 in oakland, ca, usa) grew up in the san francisco bay area she studied art at the university of california, berkeley. Situating the us artist jay defeo within a network of west coast practitioners during the 1950s and 1960s, this essay shows how her relief paintings – layered with organic, geological and bodily referents – constitute what can be understood as ‘hybrid abstraction.