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Jay DeFeo, Untitled (Tripod series), 1975, acrylic, graphite, grease pencil, collaged paper on vellum and paper, 23 1/4 × 19 5/8".

Jay DeFeo

galerie frank elbaz | Paris

Jay DeFeo, Untitled (Tripod series), 1975, acrylic, graphite, grease pencil, collaged paper on vellum and paper, 23 1/4 × 19 5/8".

In 1951, just after graduating from the University of California, Berkeley, and before settling into San Francisco’s vibrant Beat community—where her cohorts included Allen Ginsberg, Wallace Berman, and Bruce ConnerJay DeFeo traveled to Europe and North Africa on a fellowship. Bringing attention to rarely seen works from this prolific period, DeFeo’s first solo show in Paris featured two drawings made in this city in 1951, presented in the company of twenty-two paintings, collages, drawings, and photographs made between 1972 and 1987 (all lent by the Jay DeFeo Foundation). The budding artist’s experiments laid important groundwork for her genre-busting, media-mixing oeuvre.

Made on a humble piece of torn brown kraft, Untitled (Paris), 1951, is an abstract black-ink-and-white-chalk drawing whose rough edges and scored surface suggest an excised cave painting. The work’s

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