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.

Download Press Packet (PDF 10.7 MB)
Museum Exhibitions
Can the Museum be a Garden?
Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art
Porto, Portugal
Feb 6 - Sep 13, 2015
White Fire: The Kunstmuseum Basel Modern Collection
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
Madrid, Spain
Mar 18 - Sep 14, 2015
Le Souffleur: Schürmann meets Ludwig
Ludwig Forum
Aachen, Germany
Mar 22, 2015 - Jan 31, 2016

Plus One: Pop Duplications
Cantor Arts Center
Stanford, CA
Apr 8 - Aug 3, 2015
International Pop
Walker Art Center
Minneapolis, MN
Apr 11 - Aug 29, 2015
America Is Hard to See
Whitney Museum of American Art
New York, NY
May 1 - Sep 27, 2015

De Picasso à Jasper Johns: L’atelier d'Aldo Crommelynck
Centre de la Gravure et de l'Image imprimée
La Louvière, Belgium
Jun 6 - Sep 6, 2015
Collecting Contemporary, 1960–2015: Selections from the Schorr Collection
Princeton University Art Museum
Princeton, NJ
Jun 27 - Sep 20, 2015
Glenn Ligon: Encounters & Collisions
Tate Liverpool
Liverpool, UK
Jun 30 - Oct 18, 2015

Rock, Paper . . . Lithographs from the Permanent
Collection, Part II
Snite Museum of Art
Notre Dame, IN
Aug 23 - Nov 14, 2015
Drawing in silver and gold: Leonardo to Jasper Johns
British Museum
London, UK
Sep 10 - Dec 6, 2015
Art AIDS America
Tacoma Art Museum
Tacoma, WA
Oct 3, 2015 - Jan 10, 2016