Jasper Johns


Jasper Johns has been a central figure in contemporary art since he arrived in New York in the early 1950s. He soon formed relationships with Robert Rauschenberg, John Cage, and Merce Cunningham and began to make paintings that appropriated popular iconography—the American flag, targets, numbers, and letters—quickly announcing himself an important new artist. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, purchased three pieces from Johns's first one-person exhibition, at the Leo Castelli Gallery in 1958. As his career has developed Johns has added crosshatching, marks made by his body, and, more recently, the catenary curve to his collection of motifs. These motifs constitute a very personal language, one that Johns has introduced across his entire body of work—paintings, sculpture, prints, and works that combine elements of each discipline. "My experience of life is that it's very fragmented; certain kinds of things happen, and in another place, a different kind of thing occurs," he has explained. "I would like my work to have some vivid indication of those differences."

Johns (born 1930) has been the subject of one-person exhibitions throughout the world, at institutions including The Museum of Modern Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Kunstmuseum Basel; and The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.


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Museum Exhibitions
Where We Are: Selections from the Whitney's Collection, 1900-1960
Whitney Museum of American Art
New York, NY
Opens Apr 28, 2017
The Long Run
Museum of Modern Art
New York, NY
Nov 11, 2017 - Nov 4, 2018
Exercising the Eye: The Gertrude Kasle Collection
University of Michigan Museum of Art
Ann Arbor, MI
Mar 10 - Jul 22, 2018

Studio Visit: Selected Gifts from Agnes Gund
Museum of Modern Art
New York, NY
Apr 29 - Jul 22, 2018
Personal Effect: Works from the Collections of Philip Johnson and David Whitney
The Glass House
New Canaan, CT
May 3 - Aug 12, 2018
Collecting Contemporaries: Recent Acquisitions from the Koch and Wolf Collections
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Indianapolis, IN
May 4 - Nov 4, 2018

The American Dream: Pop to the Present, Prints from the British Museum
Fondation Custodia / Collection Frits Lugt
Paris, France
Jun 2 - Sep 2, 2018
MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art
National Gallery of Victoria
Melbourne, Australia
Jun 9 - Oct 7, 2018
Do I Have to Draw You a Picture?
The Heong Gallery at Downing College
Cambridge, UK
Jun 16 - Oct 7, 2018

Picasso - Gorky - Warhol
Kunsthalle Krems
Krems an der Donau, Austria
Jul 1 - Nov 4, 2018
Becoming American
Cefalonia
San Juan Island & Seattle, WA
Aug 4 - Sep 30, 2018