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Jay DeFeo

DeFeo was at the center of the circle of poets, writers, musicians, and artists who formed the Bay Area Beat movement in the 1950s and 1960s. She is best known for a series of abstract works from the 1950s that culminated in her monumental painting The Rose (1958-66), which was so heavy and thick with paint that it was almost sculptural.

This segment devoted to DeFeo's life and work is part of the larger feature Voices and Images of California Art, which highlights 11 of California's most celebrated artists through a combination of audio and video clips, artwork reproductions, photographs, and other documents.