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
Le Souffleur: Schürmann meets Ludwig
Ludwig Forum
Aachen, Germany
Mar 22, 2015 - Jan 31, 2016
Take an Object
Museum of Modern Art
New York, NY
Aug 22, 2015 - Feb 28, 2016
The Ceramic Presence in Modern Art: Selections from the Linda Leonard Schlenger Collection and the Yale University Art Gallery
Yale University Art Gallery
New Haven, CT
Sep 4, 2015 - Jan 3, 2016

Drawing in Silver and Gold: Leonardo to Jasper Johns
British Museum
London, UK
Sep 10 - Dec 6, 2015
After Picasso: 80 Contemporary Artists
Wexner Center for the Arts
Columbus, OH
Sep 19 - Dec 27, 2015
Art AIDS America
Tacoma Art Museum
Tacoma, WA
Oct 3, 2015 - Jan 10, 2016

The Serial Impulse at Gemini G.E.L.
National Gallery of Art
Washington, DC
Oct 4, 2015 - Feb 7, 2016
Grand Palais
Paris, France
Oct 7, 2015 - Feb 29, 2016
Ludwig Goes Pop
Ludwig Museum
Budapest, Hungary
Oct 9, 2015 - Jan 3, 2016

International Pop
Dallas Museum of Art
Dallas, TX
Oct 11, 2015 - Jan 17, 2016
Jasper Johns: Reversals
New Orleans Museum of Art
New Orleans, LA
Oct 23 - Jan 31, 2015
Painting 2.0: Expression in the Information Age
Museums Brandhorst
Munich, Germany
Nov 14, 2015 - Apr 30, 2016

The New Contemporary
Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, IL
Opens Dec 13, 2015