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DeFeo Retrospective Opening Saturday at SFMOMA

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Painter Jay DeFeo painting "The Rose" in 1960. "The Rose" is the centerpiece of a new retrospective opening at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art on Nov. 3.

Jay DeFeo was a beatnik artist and a key figure from the 1950s to the 1980s in the Bay Area's art scene.

She's best known for a work that took her eight years to make. "The Rose" is a massive painting -- once estimated to weigh two tons. It's the centerpiece of a new retrospective of DeFeo's work opening November 3 at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

KQED's Cy Musiker spoke with Dana Miller, curator of the permanent collection at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, about "The Rose" and  Jay DeFeo. Miller assembled the show at the SFMOMA.

The Museum is also opening a retrospective of the work of pop icon Jasper Johns on November 3.

Read more about Jay DeFeo: A Retrospective.

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