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On Friday, May 28, join The Courtauld Institute of Art for a free online symposium on avant-garde artist Jay DeFeo, taking place from 11:30am–2:30pm (EDT).

Starting in the 1950s, 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 “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 conference 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 and presentations include:

  • Lucy Bradnock, Associate Professor, University of Nottingham
    “Jay DeFeo’s Bodies: Painting as a Muscular Principle”
  • Catherine Spencer, Lecturer, University of St. Andrews
    “Abstraction in Pieces”
  • Pia Gottschaller, Senior Lecturer, The Courtauld, and Joy Mazurek, Assistant Scientist, Getty Conservation Institute
    “The Dialectics of Painting”
  • Judith Delfiner, Associate Professor of Contemporary Art History, Paris Nanterre University
    “Jay DeFeo: Xerox Images”
  • Suzanne Hudson, Associate Professor of Art History and Fine Arts, University of Southern California
    “Encore”
  • Corey Keller, Curator of Photography and Acting Department Head, Photography, SFMOMA
    “Sidestepping the Image Directly: The Growth of Jay DeFeo’s ‘Cabbage Rose'”

Learn more and register at courtauld.ac.uk.