Paula Cooper Gallery will now deal with the property of the late Summary Expressionist artist Jay DeFeo, representing the Jay DeFeo Basis in New York. Marc Selwyn High-quality Artwork works with the muse in Los Angeles.
“There’s a boldness to DeFeo’s work and to her radical, anti-hierarchical strategy, to her drive and dedication to working in a number of mediums concurrently,” Steve Henry, a senior accomplice on the gallery, instructed Artnet Information in an e-mail. “This cross-disciplinary strategy creates many entry-points to her work, and it’s been thrilling to see rising curiosity from youthful audiences—and particularly from artists.”
To inaugurate the brand new partnership, the artist will take heart stage subsequent week on the gallery’s sales space on the ADAA Artwork Present at New York’s Park Avenue Armory.
“One of many issues that Paula has all the time confused in working with an artist is that you just present the work,” Henry stated. “You retain presenting it to museums, to collectors, and constructing peoples’ consciousness of various points of an artist’s work, constructing a deeper appreciation and a direct engagement with the work by the in-person expertise of exhibitions. The ADAA is a very nice alternative as a result of it provides the possibility to offer an engaged and enthusiastic viewers entry to a targeted presentation.”
Cooper is formalizing its relationship with the muse following final fall’s two-person present pairing DeFeo and fellow Bay Space artist Bruce Connor, “We Are Not What We Appear,” which obtained a write up within the New York Instances and the Brooklyn Rail.
“The 2 artists had been shut pals who met within the Nineteen Fifties as a part of the Beat-adjacent group of artists primarily based in San Francisco. This was a primary step in our pronounced strategy to discover in a deep means all points of her art-making,” Henry stated. “Her connection to Bruce Conner was wealthy, however this was simply the entrypoint for us—there’s a lot depth to her work.”
A painter who additionally labored in images, and collage, DeFeo was born in 1929 in Hanover, New Hampshire, however grew up within the Bay Space. She studied studio of artwork on the College of California, Berkeley, incomes her bachelors in 1950 and grasp’s diploma in 1951. After a sojourn touring overseas, she turned a fixture of the San Francisco artwork scene.
“DeFeo labored throughout many mediums and eschewed a single, simply identifiable visible type,” Henry stated. “She was extremely experimental and continuously advanced her follow. She had an anti-hierarchical strategy to artwork making. It’s this identical free-ranging, expansive, and curious strategy that makes her so fascinating to individuals in the present day.”
Regardless of the breadth of her work, DeFeo stays greatest identified for a single work, the monumental canvas The Rose, accomplished between 1958 and 1966. The work is “a wedding between portray and sculpture,” because the artist put it.
The numerous layers of grey and white paint, which collect in a central star burst, measure near eight inches thick at factors, and the piece weighs over a ton. In 1964, the artist modified studios, and the work needed to be eliminated by crane, with a part of the wall taken down, to be able to transport it.
Hidden in storage for many years, the canvas lastly discovered a house in 1995, when New York’s Whitney Museum of American Artwork acquired and restored it. The Rose was the centerpiece of “Jay DeFeo: A Retrospective,” which was organized by the Whitney and in addition appeared at San Francisco Museum of Trendy Artwork in 2012 and 2013. However her solely solo present since then was a 2019 outing on the San José Museum of Artwork.
DeFeo’s market has been equally gradual to warmth up, at the same time as different feminine Summary Expressionist painters of the New York Faculty have seen a surge in public sale costs in recent times.
Grace Hartigan, for example, has seen complete gross sales rise from $152,577 in 2017 to greater than $2 million in 2021, when a file 21 works got here to the block. Earlier than 2012, there had by no means been greater than 9 Hartigans supplied in a single 12 months, however she’s averaged 10.5 works a 12 months since then. She additionally simply set a brand new public sale file of $1.38 million in Could, obliterating the year-old mark of $687,500, in line with the Artnet Worth Database.
In distinction, solely 18 items by DeFeo have ever come to the block—most since 2011—with 4 in 2016 because the high-water mark. Since then, her public sale file has been stalled at simply $281,250—and solely three of her work have ever crossed the seven determine threshold. (The opposite two had been in 2011 and 2013.)
As a result of DeFeo’s works are a rarity at public sale, that leaves plenty of room for development.
“For an excellent portion of her profession, DeFeo was not a business artist. One of many causes that she needed to transfer out of her studio in 1964, with The Rose, was as a result of she couldn’t afford to maintain it,” Henry stated. “DeFeo’s collectors are passionate in regards to the work, and items have remained in collections [for decades]. As individuals uncover the richness of her work, we anticipate extra exercise available in the market.”
The artist’s most up-to-date public sale outcome got here simply this month, with the $44,100 sale of a graphite, charcoal, and pastel work on paper at Sotheby’s New York. The outcome handily outstripped the presale excessive estimate of simply $18,000.
Main establishments such because the Los Angeles County Museum of Artwork, the Artwork Institute of Chicago, and the Albright Knox Artwork Gallery in Buffalo maintain DeFeo’s works of their collections. The artist, who was sick with lung most cancers, died in 1989 on the age of 60.
The ADAA Artwork Present is on view on the Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue at East 67th Avenue, November 2–6, 2022.
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