Jay DeFeo: A Symposium - The Courtauld Institute of Art

Jay DeFeo: A Symposium

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Jay DeFeo: A Symposium

The Courtauld Institute of Art, Vernon Square, Penton Rise, King’s Cross, London

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Painting of sculpture

Organised by

  • Dr Jo Applin - Reader in the History of Art, Head of History of Art Department
  • Dr Pia Gottschaller - Senior Lecturer, Department of Conservation and Technology
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From the 1950s the avant-garde artist Jay DeFeo (1929-1989) was a member of a vibrant bohemian community of artists, musicians, poets and writers based in San Francisco. Best known today for her magisterial painting titled The Rose (1958-1966), which the artist described as ‘a marriage between painting and sculpture’, over the course of her long career DeFeo experimented widely, and intensely, with a range of unorthodox materials, exploring the parameters and expansive limits of painting, sculpture, drawing, collage, photocopies and photography.

This one-day conference brings together brings together a group of scholars based in the United States, Europe, and the UK, to discuss the work of DeFeo, shedding light on aspects of her work from a range of new perspectives. Speakers include: Lucy Bradnock (University of Nottingham), Sophie Dannenmuller (Independent), Judith Delfiner (Editor-in-Chief Perspective, INHA, Paris), Pia Gottschaller (The Courtauld Institute of Art, Suzanne Hudson (University of Southern California), Catherine Spencer (University of St Andrews), and Francesca Wilmott (The Courtauld Institute of Art).

Supported by The Jay DeFeo Foundation and the Terra Centre for the Study of American Art

Image: Jay DeFeo, The Rose (1958-1966), oil on canvas with wood and mica, 327.34 x 234.32 x 27.94 cm (Detail). Estate no. E100. Whitney Museum of American Art; gift of The Jay DeFeo Foundation and purchase with funds from the Contemporary Painting and Sculpture Committee and The Judith Rothschild Foundation 95.170. Photograph: Ben Blackwell. Copyright: The Jay DeFeo Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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