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Jasper Johns


May 7 - June 25, 2005
522 W 22 Street
Opening Friday, May 6, 2005

Press Release

Matthew Marks is pleased to announce Jasper Johns: Catenary, the next exhibition at his gallery at 522 West 22nd Street. This will be the first opportunity to see Jasper Johns's new paintings in eight years.

After completing the installation of his 1996 retrospective at New York's Museum of Modern Art, Jasper Johns retreated to his studio in Connecticut to wipe the slate clean, beginning a body of work that was a dramatic departure from anything he had made before. The first painting in this new series included a string hanging from upper right to lower left, generating a curve called a "catenary," and this curve became the compositional backbone of the entire series.

Johns produced a total of 61 paintings, drawings, and prints based on the catenary theme, 38 of which are included in this exhibition. The work is saturated with autobiographical references, both transparent and opaque, while it simultaneously encourages multiple layers of meaning. Sensual surfaces, fragile constructions, and formal rigor meet allusions to key moments in the history of modern art and motifs from Johns's earlier work.

The poetry of Johns's catenary series is explored in an illustrated essay by the young scholar Scott Rothkopf in a catalogue published alongside the exhibition by steidl/mm. The publication reproduces all the works in the entire series.

Jasper Johns: Catenary will be on view at the Matthew Marks Gallery, 522 West 22nd Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues) through June 25, 2005. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, from 11:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M..

For further information or reproductions please contact Sabrina Buell at 212-243-0200.

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