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The Rose arrived soon after 1969

Jay DeFeo’s The Rose arrived soon after the 1969 wing of the School was completed and placed in the Conference Room. Jay was teaching painting and was good friends with the School’s Director, Fred Martin.  The Rose  was visible for maybe 3-5 years and then protected with a covering that included plaster and chicken wire as gravity took its toll on the 1,500+ pounds of paint.  The Rose remained in the Conference Room, revered---  “peeping out, like a foot above a false wall” until the Whitney Museum purchased it from the DeFeo Trust c. 1995


With permission, SFAA is re-posting the emails Jeff Gunderson Librarian/Archivist Anne Bremer Memorial Library has been sending out since March 2020. Please enjoy this magnificent archive.




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