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c. 1958-1960/2008, Archival digital print, 16 x 15 3/4 in.

c. 1958-1960/2008, Archival digital print, 16 x 15 3/4 in.

c. 1958-1960/2008, Archival digital print, 16 x 15 3/4 in.

c. 1958-1960/2008, Archival digital print, 16 x 15 3/4 in.

c. 1958-1960/2008, Archival digital print, 16 x 15 3/4 in.

c. 1958-1960/2008, Archival digital print, 16 x 15 3/4 in.

1960, Collage on paper, 4 x 6 in.

1960, Collage on paper, 4 x 6 in.

1966, Collage on paper, 10 1/2 x 16 1/2 in.

1966, Collage on paper, 10 1/2 x 16 1/2 in.

1964, Oil on board, 30 x 24 in.

1964, Oil on board, 30 x 24 in.

c. 1957-1960, Print, 7 1/2 x 9 in.

c. 1957-1960, Print, 7 1/2 x 9 in.

1959, Oil on canvas, 72 x 72 in.

1959, Oil on canvas, 72 x 72 in.

1952, Tempera on paper, 28 1/4 x 22 in., The Jay DeFeo Foundation owns the copyrights in all works of art by Jay DeFeo. © The Jay DeFeo Foundation /Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY Courtesy Mitchell-Innes & Nash.

1952, Tempera on paper, 28 1/4 x 22 in., The Jay DeFeo Foundation owns the copyrights in all works of art by Jay DeFeo. © The Jay DeFeo Foundation /Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY Courtesy Mitchell-Innes & Nash.

1953, Tempera and acrylic on paper, 28 1/4 x 22 in., The Jay DeFeo Foundation owns the copyrights in all works of art by Jay DeFeo. © The Jay DeFeo Foundation /Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY Courtesy Mitchell-Innes & Nash.

1953, Tempera and acrylic on paper, 28 1/4 x 22 in., The Jay DeFeo Foundation owns the copyrights in all works of art by Jay DeFeo. © The Jay DeFeo Foundation /Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY Courtesy Mitchell-Innes & Nash.

960, Paper collage, 10 1/2 x 8 in.

960, Paper collage, 10 1/2 x 8 in.

1960, Paper collage, 10 1/8 x  8 in.

1960, Paper collage, 10 1/8 x 8 in.

1958-59, Mixed media and epoxy on board, 7 x 17 in., @ 2017 Conner Family Trust, San Francisco/Artists Rights Society (ARS). Courtesy of Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

1958-59, Mixed media and epoxy on board, 7 x 17 in., @ 2017 Conner Family Trust, San Francisco/Artists Rights Society (ARS). Courtesy of Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

1960, Charcoal on paper, 32 1/2 x 26 in.

1960, Charcoal on paper, 32 1/2 x 26 in.

1960, Plastic pouch, ribbon with tape, embossed paper, postage stamps [verso and recto], feathers, shells and mylar, 22 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 1/2 in., @ 2017 Conner Family Trust, San Francisco/Artists Rights Society (ARS). Courtesy of Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

1960, Plastic pouch, ribbon with tape, embossed paper, postage stamps [verso and recto], feathers, shells and mylar, 22 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 1/2 in., @ 2017 Conner Family Trust, San Francisco/Artists Rights Society (ARS). Courtesy of Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

1960, Oil on canvas, 118 x 25 in.

1960, Oil on canvas, 118 x 25 in.

1957, Oil on canvas, 59 in. diameter

1957, Oil on canvas, 59 in. diameter

c. 1957, Mixed media on canvas, stretched over window screen, 44 1/2 x 36 1/2 in.

c. 1957, Mixed media on canvas, stretched over window screen, 44 1/2 x 36 1/2 in.

c. 1959, Assemblage, 9 1/2 x 5 1/2 in.

c. 1959, Assemblage, 9 1/2 x 5 1/2 in.

1959, Assemblage, 24 x 11 in.

1959, Assemblage, 24 x 11 in.

c. 1960, Ink on paper, 10 1/2 x 8 in.

c. 1960, Ink on paper, 10 1/2 x 8 in.

c. 1963, Print, 5 x 3 in.

c. 1963, Print, 5 x 3 in.

c. 1957-1960, Cropped contact sheet print, 3 1/2 x 4 1/2 in.

c. 1957-1960, Cropped contact sheet print, 3 1/2 x 4 1/2 in.

The Rat Bastard Protective Association

The Rat Bastard Protective Association (RBPA) is an inflammatory, close-knit community of artists and poets who lived and worked together in a building they dubbed "Painterland" in the Fillmore neighborhood of mid-century San Francisco. The idiosyncratic group included Wallace Berman, Bob Branaman, Joan Brown, Bruce Conner, Jean Conner, Jay DeFeo, George Herms, Wally Hedrick, Manuel Neri and Michael McClure.

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