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Catalog: FALL 2021 p. 122   

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Rip Tales: Jay DeFeo's Estocada and Other Pieces

By Jordan Stein.

Rip Tales: Jay DeFeo's Estocada and Other Pieces

On the life and afterlives of Jay DeFeo’s Estocada, a work created in the shadow of The Rose

In 1965, Jay DeFeo (1929–89) was evicted from her San Francisco apartment, along with the 2,000-pound colossus of a painting for which she would become legendary, The Rose. The morning after it was carried out the front window, DeFeo was forced to destroy the only other artwork she’d started in six years, an enormous painting on paper stapled directly to her hallway wall. The unfinished Estocada—a kind of shadow Rose—was ripped down in unruly pieces and reanimated years later in her studio through photography, photocopy, collage and relief.
Drawing from largely unpublished archival material, Rip Tales traces for the first time Estocada’s material history, interweaving it with stories about other Bay Area artists—Zarouhie Abdalian, April Dawn Alison, Ruth Asawa, Lutz Bacher, Bruce Conner, Dewey Crumpler, Trisha Donnelly and Vincent Fecteau—that likewise evoke themes of transformation, intuition and process. Foregrounding a Bay Area ethos that could be defined by its resistance to definition, Rip Tales explores the unpredictable edges of artworks and ideas.


Featured image is reproduced from 'Rip Tales: Jay DeFeo's Estocada and Other Pieces'.

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

author of Under the Sign of [sic]: Sturtevant’s Volte-Face

Bruce Hainley

An ode to San Francisco and its artistic ecologies, Rip Tales provides a hugely compelling treatise on art as pursuit (one that often comes to naught) and conversation (balm passed between fellow believers that assuages that knot).

author of White Girls

Hilton Als

Rip Tales is so self-assured, heartfelt, and consistently touching, funny, and brilliant, that its various intimacies and ideas feel like a gift. And they are. A deeply moving debut.

East Bay Express

Lou Fancher

Stein's slim, provocative book presents DeFeo in a format almost as revelatory as the artist's body of work.

KQED

Sarah Hotchkiss

Rip Tales is a refreshing, necessary reminder that art can be “always on its way,” unclear and uncategorizable even to its maker.

Art Agenda

Chris Murtha

Stein’s achievement lies less in having discovered or reconstructed an unknown artwork, but rather in so successfully piecing together its scattered representations, found among and within obscure artworks and DeFeo’s countless photographs of her studio.

Brooklyn Rail

Maymanah Farhat

Offers an insider’s view of an art scene that is storied yet often ignored... Stein presents a template for how documentation and analysis can be used to honor the region’s idiosyncratic art-making practices and artists.

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FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/3/2022

PCG Studio presents Jordan Stein in conversation with Hilton Als for the virtual launch of 'Rip Tales: Jay DeFeo's Estocada and Other Pieces'

PCG Studio presents Jordan Stein in conversation with Hilton Als for the virtual launch of 'Rip Tales: Jay DeFeo's Estocada and Other Pieces'

Wednesday, January 5 at 7pm EST, Paula Cooper Gallery and 192 Books present the virtual launch of Jordan Stein's Rip Tales: Jay DeFeo's Estocada and Other Pieces, published by Soberscove Press. Stein will appear in conversation with noted writer and theater critic Hilton Als, live-streamed on PCG Studio. There is no login or rsvp required. A recording will be posted shortly afterwards.
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FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 12/8/2021

SFAI presents the launch of Jordan Stein's 'Rip Tales: Jay DeFeo's Estocada and Other Pieces'

SFAI presents the launch of Jordan Stein's 'Rip Tales: Jay DeFeo's Estocada and Other Pieces'

Wednesday, December 8 at 6:30 PM PST, the San Francisco Art Institute and Soberscove Press present a reading, screening and celebration marking the publication of Jordan Stein's new book, Rip Tales: Jay DeFeo's Estocada and Other Pieces. In addition to sharing passages and stories, the curator and SFAI alum will present a selection of moving image works related to the book, which focuses on several artists critical to the history of the Bay Area and San Francisco Art Institute, including its principal subject, Jay DeFeo, in addition to Dewey Crumpler, Trisha Donnelly and Bruce Conner.
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JAY DEFEO MONOGRAPHS + ARTIST'S BOOKS

Rip Tales: Jay DeFeo's Estocada and Other Pieces

RIP TALES: JAY DEFEO'S ESTOCADA AND OTHER PIECES

SOBERSCOVE PRESS

ISBN: 9781940190297
USD $28.00
| CAN $34 UK £ 22.5

Pub Date: 12/7/2021
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Outrageous Fortune: Jay DeFeo and Surrealism

OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE: JAY DEFEO AND SURREALISM

MITCHELL-INNES & NASH

ISBN: 9780998631233
USD $60.00
| CAN $79 UK £ 53

Pub Date: 10/23/2018
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Jay DeFeo

JAY DEFEO

MITCHELL-INNES & NASH

ISBN: 9780988618817
USD $40.00
| CAN $54 UK £ 35

Pub Date: 8/25/2015
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Jay DeFeo: Chiaroscuro

JAY DEFEO: CHIAROSCURO

JRP|RINGIER

ISBN: 9783037643396
USD $45.00
| CAN $60

Pub Date: 9/30/2013
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