Jay Defeo

1929 · United States

Artist biography

Jay Defeo is seen as an established contemporary artist, who was born and brought up in the United States. Jay Defeo was born in 1929. Born in the same country and around the same year are Knox Martin, Michael Goldberg, Michael Goldberg, Robert Rauschenberg and Allan Kaprow.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Jay Defeo's work is available on display in several galleries listed on Artland. The galleries exhibiting Jay Defeo's work include Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Mitchell-Innes & Nash | Chelsea, as well as galerie frank elbaz | Dallas in the United States. Jay Defeo's work has most recently been exhibited at Marc Selwyn Fine Art in Los Angeles (12 July 2019 until 13 September 2019) with the exhibition Jay DeFeo: The Language of Gesture; Craig Kauffman: Drawings from 1958-9 . Jay Defeo's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions; The Texture of Color (14 July 2018 - 05 September 2018) at Marc Selwyn Fine Art in Los Angeles and Paper Power (03 February 2020 - 27 March 2020) at Michael Rosenfeld Gallery in New York. Jay Defeo's first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called Object Lessons: Jay DeFeo Works on Paper from the 1970s and took place at galerie frank elbaz | Dallas in the United States from the 04 April 2018 to 13 July 2018.

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been a major country in the evolution of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, especially in the post war period, when the cultural prominence of New York asserted its influence over Paris, previously considered as the most powerful art hub internationally. Leading art movements developed and fostered in significant ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in varied forms, Pop Art, including its West and East Coast variants, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, plus various post-modern iterations of these many movements. In the modern and contemporary period, the United States has cultivated a prevailing influence over the worldwide visual culture, due to the dominion of its economic and political structures. Key examples of world renowned U.S artists of the modern and contemporary period include Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

Further Biographical Context for Jay Defeo

Jay Defeo was born in 1929 and was largely influenced creatively by the 1930s. Internationally this period can be best characterised by the clash between the world’s dominant political philosophies - Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism. n Europe, Surrealism continued to be the dominant artistic trend; a kind of expression and school of thought that by this time had spread across the globe. In Mexico, artists such as Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera incorporated many of these philosophies into their radical political ideologies to develop a innovative kind of magic realism.

Jay Defeo

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