The Jewel (Jay Defeo 1959)

Currently on display at LACMA, The Jewel is one of my favorite paintings. I just finished writing an essay describing what makes it fantastically interesting, including the fact that despite you can’t see it here, the meaty mounds of paint protrude several inches from the canvas, like it’s bursting out at the viewer.

It’s been like a million years since I’ve updated my blog, which I used to do every day, or at least every other day. What’s wrong with me? Am I just losing interest and/or energy? It takes a lot of energy to constantly be on the lookout for interesting things to write about. Or maybe I’m simply lazy.

Regardless, I’ve been writing a bit on Jay DeFeo, a legendary Bay Area artist who has a retrospective at the Whitney opening soon, and this is her posed naked in front of The Rose, her most famous painting, which is really so heavy and layered with oil paint that it’s more like a sculpture. Weighing almost a ton, measuring approximately 8x11 feet tall, and so labor intensive it took DeFeo almost ten years to make, it’s really quite something. I can’t wait to see it in person and then get naked in front of it.