Timeline

1929
Born, Hanover, NH
1946–1950
B.A. in painting from University of California at Berkeley, CA
1950–1951
M.A. in painting from University of California at Berkeley, CA
1951
Sigmund Martin Heller Traveling Fellowship, University of California - Berkeley
1973
National Endowment for the Arts, Individual Artist Fellowship
1982
Honorary Doctorate from San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
1984–1985
Adaline Kent Award, San Francisco Art Institute, CA
1985–1986
National Endowment for the Arts, Individual Artist Fellowship
1989
Died in Oakland, California
For more info see: www.jaydefeo.org

Exhibitions

2008
Where the Swan Flies, Moody Gallery, Houston, TX
2008
Traces of the Sacred in Twentieth Century Art, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany
2007
WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC; PS 1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY; Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver British Columbia
2007
Works in the Kunstkammer, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, University of California, Berkeley, CA
2007
Birds, Dwight Hackett projects, Santa Fe, NM
2007
Summer Invitational, Nielsen Gallery, Boston, MA
2007
An Eclectic Eye: Selections from the Dan Leach Collection, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
2007
The Third Mind, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
2007
Pioneers, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, CA
2007
Jay DeFeo: Applaud the Black Fact, Nielsen Gallery, Boston, MA
2006
Jay DeFeo: No End, Dwight Hackett Projects, Santa Fe, NM
2006
Jay DeFeo: Botanicals, Dwight Hackett Projects, Santa Fe, NM
2006
Measure of Time, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, University of California, Berkeley, CA
2006
Chance Encounters: The Formation of the de Menil's African Collection, The Menil Collection, Houston, TX
2006
Beat Generation and Beyond, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA
2006
Lines of Discovery - 225 Years of American Drawing from The Columbus Museum, Columbus, GA, Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, OK; Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, MI; Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AK
2006
Twice Drawn, Tang Museum, Sarasota Springs, NY
2005
Draw, Dwight Hackett Projects, Santa Fe, NM
2005
Assemblage and Collage in California in the 1960s, 871 Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA
2005
Semina Culture: Wallace Berman and His Circle, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA; Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University, Logan, UT; Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS; Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, University of California, Berkeley, CA; Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York, NY
2005
Beat Generation and Beyond, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA
2005
"out of my own head:" Photographs by Jay DeFeo, Mt. Holyoke College Art Museum, South Hadley, MA
2004
"out of my own head:" Photographs by Jay DeFeo, Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, CA
2004
Turning Corners, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA
2004
The True Artist is an Amazing Luminous Fountain: Selected Works from the di Rosa Preserve: Art & Nature, The Kreeger Museum, Washington, DC; de Rosa Preserve: Art & Nature, Napa, CA; Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, CA; Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, CA
2004
Between Art and Life: The Contemporary Painting and Sculpture Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
2004
It's About Time: Celebrating 35 Years, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
2004
Beat Generation and Beyond, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA
2004
Drawing Modern: Works from the Agnes Gund Collection, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
2003
Drawing Modern: Works from the Agnes Gund Collection, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
2003
In Sequence, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, NY
2003
Zen and Modern Art, University Art Gallery, California State University, Hayward, CA
2003
Presence, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY
2003
Beat Generation and Beyond, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA
2003
Beside 'The Rose:' Selected Works by Jay DeFeo, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
2003
Jay DeFeo: Her Tripod and Its Dress, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, NY
2003
Not Exactly Photographs, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2002
Jay DeFeo: Photographs, Cabrillo College Art Gallery, Cabrillo College, Aptos, CA
2002
Jay DeFeo: Ingredients of Alchemy, Before and After The Rose, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2000
True Grit, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, NY
1999
The American Century: Art and Culture, 1950-2000, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1997
The Rose, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA (solo)
1996
Jay DeFeo: Works 1952-1989, Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA (solo)
1995
Beat Culture and the New America 1950-1965, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1990
Jay DeFeo, An Intimate View: Small Paintings 1986-1989, Art Museum of Santa Cruz County, Santa Cruz, CA (solo)
1989
Jay DeFeo: In Memoria - A Selection of Paintings, 1986-1989, The Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA (solo)
1986
Dissonant Abstractions, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA
1984
Jay DeFeo: Selected Works Past and Present, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA (solo)
1981
Selections from the Permanent Collection, University Art Museum, University of California - Berkeley
1976
Painting and Sculpture in California: The Modern Era, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA
1975
Jay DeFeo, Isabelle Percy West Gallery, California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA (solo)
1966
Nine California Artists: Abstract Expressionists, Pasadena Art Museum, CA
1960
Jay DeFeo, Ferus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
1959
Sixteen Americans, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1954
Jay DeFeo, The Place, San Francisco, CA (solo)

Literature

2002
'Jay DeFeo: Ingredients of Alchemy, Before and After The Rose'. New York, NY: Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, 2002