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), _Landscape with Figure_, 1955. Oil on canvas, 18 x 14 in. (45.7 x 35.6 cm). Private collection. © 2012 The Jay DeFeo Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photograph by Ben Blackwell


FRED MARTIN: My name is Fred Martin, and I knew Jay DeFeo from when we were students at Berkeley, in 1948 49. Jay and I kept in touch with each other . . . in a way, forever, including even now.

I used to bring museum curators, and critics, and dealers, and collectors to meet Jay and her husband, Wally Hedrick, and that was often there. I liked it a lot, so I traded one of my paintings with Jay for that painting, in its frame.

I never thought of it as Landscape with Figure. I don't care what it says on the back. To me, it's a bowl of flowers.

Most of the time it was in storage here or there, sometimes on the wall, sometimes not. Sometimes I didn't know where it was, other times I did. Remember us artists, we flop around a lot. We don't treat our friends' work as museum masterpieces. We just treat them as things we like.



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