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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Gallery Exhibitions

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 Long Run
Museum of Modern Art
New York, NY
Opens Nov 11, 2017
Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University
Stanford, CA
Sep 19, 2018 - Jan 27, 2019

Room 2 Installation
Potomac, MD
Opens Oct 4, 2018
Big and Bold from the Permanent Collection
Provincetown Art Association and Museum
Provincetown, MA
Oct 26, 2018 - Jan 20, 2019
The Condition of Being Here: Drawings by Jasper Johns
The Menil Collection - Menil Drawing Institute
Houston, TX
Nov 3, 2018 - Jan 27, 2019

Graphic Revolution: American Prints 1960 to Now
Saint Louis Art Museum
Saint Louis, MO
Nov 11, 2018 - Feb 3, 2019
Midcentury Masters: Jasper Johns’ Gifts to the CMA
Columbia Museum of Art
Columbia, SC
Nov 16, 2018 - Feb 24, 2019
Ordinary Objects / Wild Things
de Young Museum
San Francisco, CA
Dec 15, 2018 - Jun 23, 2019