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
Where We Are: Selections from the Whitney's Collection, 1900-1960
Whitney Museum of American Art
New York, NY
Opens Apr 28, 2017
The Great Graphic Boom
Staatsgalerie Stuttgart
Stuttgart, Germany
Jul 14 - Nov 5, 2017
20/20: The Studio Museum in Harlem and Carnegie Museum of Art
Carnegie Museum of Art
Pittsburgh, PA
Jul 22 - Dec 31, 2017

100 Years of Printmaking
The Butler Institute of American Art
Youngstown, OH
Sep 17 - Nov 19, 2017
Jasper Johns: ‘Something Resembling Truth’
Royal Academy of Arts
London, UK
Sep 23 - Dec 10, 2017
Pop Art Prints
Lowe Art Museum
Coral Gables, FL
Sep 28 - Dec 17, 2017

Being Modern: MoMA in Paris
Fondation Louis Vuitton
Paris, France
Oct 11 - Mar 5, 2017