Associated with San Francisco artists including filmmaker Bruce Conner, painter Joan Brown, poet Michael McClure, and artist Wally Hedrick whom she was married to from 1954-1966. DeFeo's work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Pasadena Art Museum, San Francisco Museum of Art and in numerous art galleries including the Menil Collection (Housron), Ferus and Kohn/Turner galleries in Los Angeles.
DeFeo's most famous painting is the mammoth work simply called "The Rose" which was painted between 1959-1964. It measures 7.5 x 11 feet and weighs 2,300 pounds. Out of view behind a wall at the San Francisco Art Institute for nearly 20 years, "The Rose" was included in the recent Whitney exhibition about Beat generation art. A film called "The White Rose" documents the moving of the painting and has contributed to its popularity.
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Jay DeFeo- 1996 Dharma Beats
Published: April 1, 1996
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