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Jay DeFeo at The Menil Collection

After Image
Graphite, gouache, and transparent acrylic on paper with cut and torn tracing paper
© The Jay DeFeo Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

This exhibition brings together a selection of California artists who emerged following the Second World War and took advantage of the region’s permissive atmosphere to help create a thriving new art scene. Artists like John Altoon, Wallace Berman, Bruce Conner, Jay DeFeo, George Herms, and Edward Kienholz were part of a “Beat” generation, whose social critiques would eventually be incorporated into the counterculture and social protest movements that shaped the second half of the 20th century.