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Open Studio From Home: Jay DeFeo

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  • May. 22, 2021, 11am
  • Whitney Museum of American Art
  • Online
  • All Ages
  • FREE - Advanced Registration Required
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Jay DeFeo began The Rose in 1958 with only an idea of something “that had a center to it.” She would apply thick paint, let it dry, then chisel away at it, and then apply more paint. She built up the painting layer by layer, burying earlier versions until it was 11 inches thick! DeFeo called the artwork “a marriage between painting and sculpture.” She worked on The Rose for eight years in her apartment in San Francisco until she was evicted and forced to stop. The final work is nearly eleven feet tall and weighs almost a ton! In order to move it out of her apartment, DeFeo had to saw away part of the window and lower The Rose to the ground with a forklift.

Explore the fascinating story behind The Rose. Then, create your own collages with hidden secrets!

Materials:
––Paper
––Clear tape
––Glue stick
––Scissors
––Pencil
––Color options (Markers or pens, Colored pencils, Oil pastels or crayons)

About Whitney Museum of American Art

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  • The Whitney Museum of American Art presents the full range of twentieth-century and contemporary American art, with a special focus on works by living artists. The Whitney is dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting, and exhibiting American art, and its collection—arguably the finest holding of twentieth-century American art in the world—is the Museum's key resource. The Museum's signature exhibition, the Biennial, is the country's leading survey of the most recent developments in American art.