"About The Rose" by Elizabeth Ferrell

About The Rose Creation and Community in Jay DeFeo's Circle Elizabeth Ferrell

Publication date:
08 Feb 2022
Yale University Press
248 pages: 254 x 178mm
59 color + 31 b-w illus.

“An insightful reading of Jay DeFeo’s The Rose and the dynamics of creative community building in postwar America. Ferrell offers a new interpretive model of how individual works of art function as part of a network of artistic dialogues and personal negotiations.”—Ken D. Allan, Seattle University

“Rich in archival detail and incisive visual analysis, About The Rose makes a highly successful intervention into the field of postwar art by advancing a new approach to the function of community in the Fillmore art scene during the 1950s and 60s.”—Joanna Pawlik, author of Remade in America: Surrealist Art, Activism and Politics, 1940–1978

“Ferrell gives us a wholly new understanding of The Rose not just as an important presence in the lives of her protagonists, but as a site for working out the dichotomies between self and other, autonomy and collaboration, and art and the everyday in postwar America.”—Kirsten Swenson, author of Irrational Judgments: Eva Hesse, Sol LeWitt, and 1960s New York