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Jay DeFeo, Untitled, 1983, oil on paper, 14 × 16 3⁄4".

Jay DeFeo

Marc Selwyn Fine Art

Despite having had a full-dress retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York in 2013, Jay DeFeo is still best known for a single work, The Rose, 1958–66, on which she labored in a monumental and duly mythologized process, regularly applying pigment and scraping it off, carving a ground that had long since thickened into a sculptural relief. Measuring approximately ten feet by eight feet and weighing nearly a ton, the behemoth was finally extracted from her apartment via forklift, an outside wall sliced open for the occasion. If this remained one’s image of DeFeo, the smaller and self-evidently paper-thin works on view at Marc Selwyn Fine Art might have surprised. “The Texture of Color,” a collection of twenty paintings on paper and three on linen (all from the 1980s), presented DeFeo’s return to oil paint after more than a decade of using acrylics. In most of the works,

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