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
Passages in Modern Art: 1946 – 1996
Dallas Museum of Art
Dallas, TX
Mar 13, 2016 - Jun 25, 2017
Big Picture: Art After 1945
Seattle Art Museum
Seattle, WA
Opens Jul 23, 2016

Merce Cunningham: Common Time
Walker Art Center
Minneapolis, MN
Feb 8 - Jul 30, 2017
The Beginning of Everything: Drawings from the Janie C. Lee, Louisa Stude Sarofim, and David Whitney Collections
The Menil Collection
Houston, TX
Feb 24 - Jun 18, 2017
The Great Graphic Boom
National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design
Oslo, Norway
Mar 3 - May 28, 2017

The American Dream: Pop to the Present
The British Museum
London, UK
Mar 9 - Jun 18, 2017
Where We Are: Selections from the Whitney's Collection, 1900-1960
Whitney Museum of American Art
New York, NY
Opens Apr 28, 2017
Metaphor as Manifestation: An Exhibition of Prints by Jasper Johns and Robert Motherwell
Pensacola Museum of Art
Pensacola, FL
May 5 - Aug 27, 2017

Robert Rauschenberg: Among Friends
Museum of Modern Art
New York, NY
May 21 - Sep 17, 2017