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Jay DeFeo: A Retrospective

DeFeo working on what was then titled Deathrose, 1960. Photograph by Burt Glinn. © Burt Glinn/Magnum Photos

DeFeo working on what was then titled Deathrose, 1960. Photograph by Burt Glinn. © Burt Glinn/Magnum Photos

Jay DeFeo said that she knew she wanted to be an artist as soon as she was “old enough to scribble.”

Jay DeFeo, The Rose, 1958–66. Oil with wood and mica on canvas, 128 7/8 × 92 1/4 × 11 in. (327.3 × 234.3 × 27.9 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of the Estate of Jay DeFeo and purchase with funds from the Contemporary Painting and Sculpture Committee and the Judith Rothschild Foundation  95.170    © 2009 The Jay DeFeo Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Jay DeFeo, The Rose, 1958–66 95.170

The Rose

This huge painting by Jay DeFeo is called The Rose. It is almost 11 feet tall and 7 feet wide. It was hidden behind a wall for twenty-one years, but now you can come and see it at the Whitney!

Installing The Rose

What does it take to exhibit a work of art that weighs almost a ton? Check out this slide show of installing The Rose at the Whitney. Paula Court took pictures of the installation from start to finish.

On February 15, The Rose arrived in New York from California, where it had just been shown at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

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Although The Rose is her best known work, there’s so much more to DeFeo’s art than that one painting. 

Don’t miss this exhibition of her drawings, paintings, collages, photographs, sculpture, and jewelry! On view through June 2, 2013. 

Take A Sneak Peek. . .
The Eyes, 1958. Graphite on paper, 42 × 84 3/4 in. (106.7 × 215.3 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of the Lannan Foundation 96.242.3
© 2009 The Jay DeFeo Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Just A Few of the Things That Inspired Jay DeFeo

Kites

Flowers

Shells

Birds

Eyes

Teeth

Cup handles

Swimming goggles

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