The sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy — otherwise known as Rodarte, the wildly successful fashion designers from California — took their turn at the winter issue of A MAGAZINE CURATED BY, assembling a glorious spread of many surprises and dangerously kitsch fashion photos, all California-inspired. Golden State natives will want to savor this issue over and over. And, best of all — for me – the issue includes an essay of mine about the Beat artist , Jay De Feo, and her committment to her transcendent, seminal work, The Rose, a huge painting that is now at the Whitney but, for many years, was an albatross relegated to a dusty corner of a conference toom at the San Francisco Art Institute, then covered up by drywall.
The story of the The Rose is told in full in A MAGAZINE CURATED BY, which is available for 20 Euros or the U.S. equivalent. If you are interested in De Feo and would like more information about her, Jay De Feo and The Rose, a collection of essays and academic writing about the painting, and the artist, is available from University of California Press.