Jay DeFeo: A Retrospective

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This audio guide features commentary by artist Jay DeFeo, Dana Miller, curator of the permanent collection, Whitney Museum of American Art, Leah Levy, Director, The Jay DeFeo Trust, Corey Keller, associate curator of photography, San Francisco  Museum of Modern Art, Greil Marcus, writer and critic, Ursula Cipa, and Fred Martin, friends of DeFeo.


Jay DeFeo (1929–1989), _The Verónica_, 1957. Oil on paper mounted on canvas, 132 x 42 3/8 in. (335.3 x 107.6 cm). San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; gift of Irving Blum 73.58. © 2012 The Jay DeFeo Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photograph by Ben Blackwell

COREY KELLER: As with everything else with DeFeo, there's a second layer of meaning. 

NARRATOR: Corey Keller.

COREY KELLER: The name of the bull fighting maneuver, the Verónica, comes from a much more ancient source. One of the women who accompanied Christ to Calvary wiped his brow with a piece of cloth, and the legend has it that Christ's face was imprinted, almost like a photograph, on that piece of cloth. She brought it to Rome where it was pronounced a vera icona, true image. From that, it became popularized as Verónica. That was how Saint Veronica got her name. She was the woman who brought the piece of cloth, as well as the bull fighting maneuver is named after that piece of cloth.


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