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
Museum Exhibitions
Jasper Johns Celebrating the Spectrum: Highlights from the Anderson Collection
de Young Museum
San Francisco, CA
Sep 13, 2014 - Apr 19, 2015
Jasper Johns Regrets
The Belvedere
Vienna, Austria
Jan 13 - Apr 26, 2015
Jasper Johns Can the Museum be a Garden?
Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art
Porto, Portugal
Feb 6 - Sep 13, 2015

Jasper Johns Le Souffleur: Schürmann meets Ludwig
Ludwig Forum
Aachen, Germany
Mar 22, 2015 - Jan 31, 2016
Jasper Johns Glenn Ligon: Encounters & Collisions
Nottingham Contemporary
Nottingham, UK
Apr 3 - Jun 14, 2015
Jasper Johns America Is Hard to See
Whitney Museum of American Art
New York, NY
May 1 - Sep 27, 2015

Jasper Johns Drawing in Silver and Gold: Leonardo to Jasper Johns
National Gallery of Art
Washington, DC
May 3 - Jul 26, 2015
Jasper Johns Glenn Ligon: Encounters & Collisions
Tate Liverpool
Liverpool, UK
Jun 30 - Oct 18, 2015