Jay DeFeo Foundation Adds Third Trustee

DeFeo, Jay, Dove One, 1989

The museum consultant Diane B. Frankel has joined the board of the nonprofit organization founded by the late American artist Jay DeFeo (1929-1989). Frankel expands an intimate governing body at the Berkeley, California–based foundation, comprised of trustee Jane Green and trustee and executive director Leah Levy. Frankel also holds board duties at the San Francisco Art Institute, and has previously headed the Institution of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency to which she was appointed by the Clinton administration.

The 501(c)(3) has also announced a name change, as it had operated for the quarter-century since its founding as the Jay DeFeo Trust. In renaming itself the Jay DeFeo Foundation, the organization hopes the new moniker “more clearly reflect[s] its non-profit work and its connection to the international community of artist-endowed foundations.”

The foundation consists of an archive and scholarly resource dedicated to the work of DeFeo, an artist who is perhaps most closely associated with her participation in the Beat generation of 1950s San Francisco. But her career extended far beyond this involvement with the Beats, and a curatorial description of her 2013 retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art called her “a unique figure in postwar American art who defies easy categorization.” (That exhibition also traveled to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.)

“Attention and appreciation of Jay DeFeo’s art is escalating, especially in the current art climate,” the foundation’s Leah Levy told ARTINFO in response to an email query. “The name change and Diane’s involvement will support our abilities to make our archive better known for those wanting more information about Jay’s artworks, her life, and her influence.”

The artist’s foundation is represented by Hosfelt Gallery in San Francisco, Mitchell-Innes & Nash in New York, and Galerie Eva Presenhuber in Zurich.

Mostafa Heddaya (@mheddaya)

(Photo: Jay DeFeo, “Dove One,” 1989. Courtesy the Jay DeFeo Foundation. Copyright 2016 The Jay DeFeo Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.)