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 - May 28, 2017
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
Big Picture: Art After 1945
Seattle Art Museum
Seattle, WA
Opens Jul 23, 2016
The Serial Impulse at Gemini G.E.L.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Los Angeles, CA
Sep 11, 2016 - Jan 2, 2017

Breaking Ground: The Donald and Maria Cox Collection
Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville
Jacksonville, FL
Sep 24, 2016 - Jan 8, 2017
Shiny, Sticky, Smooth: Pop Art and the Senses Contemporary Prints from the Collections of Jordan Schnitzer and His Family Founda
Wichita Art Museum
Wichita, KS
Sep 24, 2016 - Jan 8, 2017
Present Tense: Prints from the Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation
Montana Museum of Art & Culture
Missoula, MT
Sep 29, 2016 - Jan 14, 2017

Jasper Johns and Edvard Munch: Love, Loss, and the Cycle of Life
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Richmond, VA
Nov 12 - Feb 20, 2016