Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Ring around "The Rose": Jay DeFeo and her Circle
by Ferrell, Elizabeth Allison, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2012, 307; 3686275
Abstract (Summary)

From 1958 to 1966, the San Francisco artist Jay DeFeo (1929-89) worked on one artwork almost exclusively – a monumental oil-on-canvas painting titled The Rose. The painting's protracted production isolated DeFeo from the mainstream art world and encouraged contemporaries to cast her as Romanticism's lonely genius. However, during its creation, The Rose also served as an important matrix for collaboration among artists in DeFeo's bohemian community. Her neighbors – such as Wallace Berman (1926-76) and Bruce Conner (1933-2008) – appropriated the painting in their works, blurring the boundaries of individual authorship and blending production and reception into a single process of exchange. I argue that these simultaneously creative and social interactions opened up the autonomous artwork, cloistered studio, and the concept of the individualistic artist championed in Cold-War America to negotiate more complex relationships between the individual and the collective.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Wagner, Anne M.
Commitee: Clark, Timothy J., Grigsby, Darcy G., Jackson, Shannon
School: University of California, Berkeley
Department: History of Art
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 76/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Art history
Keywords: American art, Collaboration, Jay defeo, Postwar art, San francisco, The rose
Publication Number: 3686275
ISBN: 9781321630237
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