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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 (b. 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, DC; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Kunstmuseum Basel; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

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Gallery Exhibitions

Museum Exhibitions
Room 2 Installation
Potomac, MD
Opens Oct 4, 2018
Jasper Johns: 100 Variations on a Theme
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Houston, TX
Sep 29, 2019 - Feb 16, 2020
The Touch of Color: Pastels at the National Gallery of Art
National Gallery of Art
Washington, DC
Sep 29, 2019 - Jan 26, 2020

The Sonnabend Collection
Remai Modern
Saskatoon, Canada
Oct 5, 2019 - Mar 22, 2020
An Art of Changes: Jasper Johns Prints, 1960–2018
Carnegie Museum of Art
Pittsburgh, PA
Oct 12, 2019 - Jan 19, 2020
The Shape of Shape, Artist’s Choice: Amy Sillman
The Museum of Modern Art
New York, NY
Oct 21, 2019 - Apr 20, 2020

The Seasons
Nassau County Museum of Art
Roslyn Harbor, NY
Nov 16, 2019 - Mar 1, 2020
Sakata Kazuo: Recoup Lost Ground
Tokyo Station Gallery
Tokyo, Japan
Dec 7, 2019 - Jan 26, 2020