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April 17, 2013
Chancing the Ridiculous, Hoping for the Sublime: Re-examining the Work of Jay DeFeo 

From left, curator Dana Miller and scholar Richard Shiff
From left, curator Dana Miller and scholar Richard Shiff
From left, Dana Miller, Richard Shiff, Ron Nagle, and Bill Berkson discuss Jay DeFeo’s life and work
From left, Dana Miller, Richard Shiff, Ron Nagle, and Bill Berkson discuss Jay DeFeo’s life and work
From left, Dana Miller, Richard Shiff, Ron Nagle, and Bill Berkson
From left, Dana Miller, Richard Shiff, Ron Nagle, and Bill Berkson
Dana Miller, Richard Shiff, Ron Nagle, and Bill Berkson discuss Jay DeFeo’s legacy
Dana Miller, Richard Shiff, Ron Nagle, and Bill Berkson discuss Jay DeFeo’s legacy

A unique figure in postwar American art, Jay DeFeo experimented with unconventional materials, unique methods, and varied “visual concerns” to produce a self-reflexive, if non-linear, body of work. On the occasion of Jay DeFeo: A Retrospective, this roundtable dispels popular myths associated with DeFeo’s life in order to illuminate her diverse oeuvre in its entirety. Scholars and artists including Richard Shiff, Bill Berkson, Ron Nagle, and exhibition curator Dana Miller consider the broader art historical context of DeFeo’s work and her lasting influence on contemporary artists.