Monday, January 7, 2013

Jay DeFeo Thoughts --- Day 2/2

Distance: 1.5 miles

There is something about Jay DeFeo's (1929-1989) art that has never called to me.  She has a large retrospective now at our MOMA and I believe there is to be a show soon at the Whitney, so she is getting major exposure and obviously calls to others. The three docent friends I went with all liked, even loved her art. I find her work among other things dull, graceless, too rooted in technique which is low on my list of what interests me in art.  The soul that comes through seems depressed, darkly interior, somehow missing something.

But that is me.  Maybe you'll have an opportunity to form your own opinions at one of her shows or upon encountering one or two of her works somewhere.

Incision  192" x 288"

Untitled  371" x 448"

One wall in SF MOMA show of works from the late 50's - early 60's.  (To me DeFeo's art photographs with more vitality and presence than the actual pieces which are executed in very thick layers of very dull and lifeless paint in drab/earthy colors.  The lighting gives them sparkle here that isn't as apparent - or apparent at all - in person).

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