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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Biography
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Museum Exhibitions
The Inaugural Installation
The Broad
Los Angeles, CA
Opens Sep 20, 2015
The New Contemporary
Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, IL
Opens Dec 13, 2015
Fifty Years of Collecting: Detroit Institute of Arts’ Friends of Prints, Drawings and Photographs Anniversary Exhibition
Detroit Institute of Arts
Detroit, MI
Dec 15, 2015 - Jun 18, 2016

International Pop
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia, PA
Feb 24 - May 15, 2016
Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible
Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York, NY
Mar 18 - Sep 4, 2016
Dance! American Art 1830-1960
Detroit Institute of Arts
Detroit, MI
Mar 20 - Jun 12, 2016

Less Than One
Walker Art Center
Minneapolis, MN
Apr 7 - Dec 31, 2016
Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney's Collection
Whitney Museum of American Art
New York, NY
Apr 27, 2016 - Feb 12, 2017
The Campaign for Art: Drawings, Part 1
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
San Francisco, CA
May 14 - Sep 18, 2016

The Campaign for Art: Modern and Contemporary
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
San Francisco, CA
May 14 - Sep 18, 2016