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), _Pend O’Reille No. 2_, from the _Eternal Triangle_ series, 1980. Synthetic polymer with collage on Masonite, 48 1/2 x 84 1/2 in. (123.2 x 214.6 cm). The Jay DeFeo Trust, Berkeley, CA and Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich. © 2013 The Jay DeFeo Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Image courtesy The Jay DeFeo Trust, Berkeley, CA. Photograph by Ben Blackwell


URSULA CIPA: With Jay, everything was material.

NARRATOR: Ursula Cipa.

NARRATOR: I mean, the way she saw the world, everything was a possible material used for her process. That was always exciting to be around. She would sometimes add ingredients to the acrylic, to give it texture. For instance, she was once on a diet, so she had a lot of egg shells lying around. [laughs] Her studio was right next door to her kitchen. She lived in an old Victorian cottage. She saw the eggshells, and she started mixing them into her paints.

I remember she would always, to the end of her life— her walls were covered with images that she turned upside down, looked at, reused. If she broke a glass she would keep the shape around, because it just suggested something else to her. I remember once walking into her kitchen. It was just covered with all these plastic bags, and I asked her what she was doing with it. She said, oh, I just love the colors, you know? Everything was material for her. She was constantly looking all of the time.