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
Bibliography
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
Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible
Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York, NY
Mar 18 - Sep 4, 2016

Jasper Johns
Greenville County Museum of Art
Greenville, SC
Mar 30 - Sep 11, 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: Modern and Contemporary
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
San Francisco, CA
May 14 - Sep 18, 2016
The Campaign for Art: Drawings, Part 1
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
San Francisco, CA
May 14 - Sep 18, 2016
Jasper Johns + Edvard Munch: Love, Loss and the Cycle of Life
The Munch Museum
Oslo, Norway
Jun 18 - Sep 25, 2016

Embracing the Contemporary: The Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Collection
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia, PA
Jun 28 - Sep 5, 2016
The Serial Impulse at Gemini G.E.L.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Los Angeles, CA
Sep 11, 2016 - Jan 2, 2017