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Jasper Johns

Jasper Johns has been a central figure in contemporary art since his arrival in New York in the 1950s, where he quickly formed friendships with Robert Rauschenberg, John Cage, and Merce Cunningham and began to make paintings of familiar iconography like targets, numbers, letters, the American flag. The Museum of Modern Art in New York purchased three pieces from his first one-person exhibition, at the Leo Castelli Gallery in 1958. As his career has developed Johns has added other motifs, including catenary curves, crosshatches, and marks made with his body. These motifs constitute a highly personal language, one that Johns has introduced across his entire body of work — painting, 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 at museums across the world, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Royal Academy in London, 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
The Shape of Shape, Artist’s Choice: Amy Sillman
The Museum of Modern Art
New York, NY
Oct 21, 2019 - Apr 20, 2020
James Prosek: Art, Artifact, Artifice
Yale University Art Gallery
New Haven, CT
Feb 14 - Nov 29, 2020

An Art of Changes: Jasper Johns Prints, 1960–2018
Walker Art Center
Minneapolis, MN
Feb 16 - Sep 20, 2020