Jay DeFeo: Photographic Work


by Leah Levy (Editor), Jay DeFeo (Artist), Hilton Als (Contributor), Judith Delfiner (Contributor), Corey Keller (Contributor), Justine Kurland (Contributor), Dana Miller (Contributor), Catherine Wagner (Contributor)

This monograph on the legendary and influential artist Jay DeFeo features over 150 photographic works―many never before published―most reproduced at the size the artist printed them. After the completion of her monumental masterpiece The Rose in 1966, DeFeo moved from the heart of artistic activity in San Francisco to a small house in Marin County, California. There she embarked on a focused and rigorous exploration with the camera. For much of the 1970s, she used the camera as a tool to look and think with, creating a wide range of black-and-white photographs she processed in her darkroom. The artist used experimental photographic techniques to produce extraordinary artworks, alongside documentary images of her studio and paintings in process. Her contact sheets, some of which are reproduced here, are often filled with multiple views of one object, revealing the way DeFeo looked and sketched with the lens. In 1972 she wrote: "My interest in photography has always paralleled my expression as a painter."

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