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Jay DeFeo came to the fore as part of a vibrant community of avant-garde artists, poets and musicians in the 1950s in San Francisco. Over the course of four decades, she produced an imaginative and diverse body of work in a wide range of media. In conjunction with Jay DeFeo: A Retrospective, author and critic Greil Marcus discusses DeFeo’s stylistic inventions, physical processes, and improvisational approach to materials. As Marcus argues, DeFeo loved jazz, and “in the deepest, fiercest, and most playful moments of her work, Jay DeFeo’s work was jazz,” too.