Gagosian will be participating in 8-bridges, a new online initiative created to highlight artists and galleries in the San Francisco Bay Area. Launching in October 2020, 8-bridges will present monthly exhibitions by Bay Area galleries, with a particular focus on artists and conversations relevant to the region. The platform will feature eight new presentations each month, and each cycle will also spotlight a local institution, starting with the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco. Gagosian is pleased to be a member of the 8-bridges founding committee. The gallery’s inaugural presentation will be devoted to the work of Jay DeFeo.
Jay DeFeo on Mount Tamalpais, Marin County, California, 1973. Photo: John Bogdanoff
October 1–31, 2020
I’ve always got to get down there and show what is underneath everything.
Gagosian is pleased to present works by Jay DeFeo on 8-bridges, a newly launched online platform created to highlight artists and galleries in the San Francisco Bay Area. Honoring the rich history of the Bay Area art scene, the inaugural presentation features selected works from the exhibition Transcending Definition: Jay DeFeo in the 1970s, on view at Gagosian, San Francisco, through December 11, 2020. DeFeo spent most of her life in the San Francisco Bay Area and remains an influential figure in the region. The 8-bridges presentation focuses on the artist’s output in the decade following the completion of her pivotal work The Rose (1958–66), when she was based in Marin County, just north of San Francisco. In her paintings, photographs, and works on paper of the 1970s, DeFeo fused the representational with the abstract, permeating her images of everyday objects—a camera tripod, a jewelry fragment, a shoe tree—with a sense of mystery. The artist described her works of this period as “beings suspended in space and time” that “transcend the definition of the literal objects from which they are derived.”
Jay DeFeo, Figure V (Tripod series), 1976 © 2020 The Jay DeFeo Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Robert Divers Herrick
Through Jay DeFeo’s Lens
Wednesday, August 19, 2020, 7–8pm EDT
Join Leah Levy, executive director of the Jay DeFeo Foundation, and Natalie Dupêcher, assistant curator of modern art at the Menil Collection in Houston, for a conversation about the photo-based work of Jay DeFeo. The pair will discuss the works on view in the Menil’s exhibition Photography and the Surreal Imagination and those in the Menil’s permanent collection, and will consider how the artist adopted and transformed Surrealist strategies throughout her boldly imaginative career. To watch the live conversation, visit the Menil’s YouTube channel.
Jay DeFeo, Self-Portrait with Camera, Larkspur Studio, CA, 1972 © 2020 The Jay DeFeo Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Discussing Jay DeFeo’s monumental painting The Rose (1958–66), now in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, are Dana Miller, curator of the Whitney’s permanent collection, David A. Ross, former director, and Lisa Phillips, former curator, with Leah Levy, director of the Jay DeFeo Trust (now the Jay DeFeo Foundation). They describe the significance of this pivotal work and detail the Whitney’s efforts to conserve it.
Still from “Jay DeFeo's The Rose”
Rachel Whiteread and Ann Gallagher
Rachel Whiteread speaks to Ann Gallagher about a new group of resin sculptures for an upcoming exhibition at Gagosian in London. They discuss the works’ emphasis on surface texture, light, and reflection.
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Titus Kaphar: From a Tropical Space
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Nathaniel Mary Quinn: In the Studio
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Theaster Gates: Black Vessel
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Gregory Crewdson: An Eclipse of Moths
Gregory Crewdson discusses his new work with actor Cate Blanchett.
Mary Weatherford: Train Yards
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“Things Fall Apart”: Ed Ruscha’s Swiped Words
Lisa Turvey examines the range of effects conveyed by the blurred phrases in recent drawings by the artist, detailing the ways these words in motion evoke the experience of the current moment.
Bebe Miller and Cynthia Oliver
The legendary choreographers discuss their history together, the evolution of Cynthia Oliver’s boom!, imposed boundaries on “Black dance,” and the choreographies of the pandemic.
Suzanne Hudson speaks with Leah Levy, executive director of the Jay DeFeo Foundation, about the artist’s life and work.