"If the rest of the world hasn’t yet caught up to DeFeo as equally essential and as master blasting as Eva Hesse, Lee Bontecou, Lee Lozano, and, yes, Ms. O’Keeffe—this exhibition says we must. And we will."
—Artforum (subscription required)
"[Jay DeFeo: A Retrospective] gives you something more than any one masterpiece can: the eye, mind and heart of an artist who never stood still, one you can count yourself lucky to know."
—The New York Times
". . . DeFeo deserves to be understood for the entirety of her career. Beyond rigid formalism, and beyond New York too, dozens of stories remain to be told about the American postwar generation, and this show was a welcome contribution to that still-delayed project."
—Frieze (subscription required)
"Long overdue for an exhibition that would present the true scope of her accomplishments, [Jay DeFeo] is finally getting the attention she deserves in this ecstatic retrospective."
Video: Curator Dana Miller speaks about Jay DeFeo's life and work.
"The Rose is an undeniable highlight of the exhibition. . . . But this carefully plotted retrospective, which in San Francisco presented approximately 130 paintings, drawings, collages, photographs and a few small sculptures in eight galleries, explores the breadth and diversity of DeFeo’s art."
—Art In America
"The works have a subtlety; they speak in a whisper, in hushed tones. But the story they tell is terrifically compelling."
—The Paris Review
"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, cream-white ground. It took my breath away."
—The New Yorker (subscription required)
"The exhibition pays a long overdue tribute to a truly innovative figure in American art."
"Jay DeFeo, Forgotten Female Beat Artist, Gets Her Due"
—New York Magazine
"Even the earliest and slightest works in Jay DeFeo: A Retrospective . . . exude a fearlessness characteristic of her sensibility."
—San Francisco Chronicle
"I know of no other American painter of the postwar years who managed—even if only for a decade—to contain such profound expressive content in works of such ardent intensity and masterly control."
—The Wall Street Journal
"Jay DeFeo: A Retrospective Gives Bay Area Legend Her Due At SFMOMA"