Weighing nearly one ton, The Rose by Jay DeFeo is one of the most complicated works in the Whitney’s collection to install. On February 15, the work was installed at the Whitney Museum as part of the exhibition Jay DeFeo: A Retrospective (opening February 28). The work arrived in New York from California, where the Whitney’s exhibition had finished a successful run at SFMOMA. Photographer Paula Court documented the installation that day from start to finish.


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The Rose: Allan and Danielle

“A rose for the pretty lady? Straight from the castle gardens.” Allan said with a cheeky wink, holding out the blossom towards her with a flourish.

Danielle smiled at him and took the rose from him. “Thank Allan. It’s beautiful.” She placed the rose in her hair and kissed his cheek to say thank you. “How did you manage to sneak in and get it without being caught?” She giggled slightly.