This volume was published to accompany an exhibition of the works of American contemporary artist who works primarily in painting and printmaking, Jasper Johns (b. 1930). In the late 1950's, Johns emerged as force in the American art scene. His richly worked paintings of maps, flags, and targets led the artistic community away from Abstract Expressionism toward a new emphasis on the concrete. Johns laid the groundwork for both Pop Art and Minimalism. The exhibition of works depicted in this book was held at the National Gallery in Washington, concentrating on the pivotal decade 1955-1965 when Johns produced his most famous works. Alongside the full color reproductions of Johns' works are analysis of various diverse aspects of these early years of his career that established him as one of the great figures in modern art and stimulated much in art created by others.
An Allegory of Painting, 1955-1965
Author: Jeffrey S. Weiss,National Gallery of Art (U.S.)
Publisher: Yale University Press
Text by Carolyn Lanchner.
Author: Carolyn Lanchner
Publisher: The Museum of Modern Art
The author begins this challenging monograph by probing Modernism's surfaces and subjects, its public and private meanings, in order to establish Johns's importance as the modern allegorical artist in the years after Abstract Expressionism. Yet, Figuring Jasper Johns is not an essay that presumes to offer an instant interpretation. Rather, Fred Orton self-consciously constructs a "Jasper Johns" whose work is introduced and explained in three chapters, each of which addresses a specific picture or sculpture like Flag, Painted Bronze (Savarin) and Untitled 1992. These in-depth studies situate individual works in their social context as well as in Johns's oeuvre. Fred Orton's purpose is to get to terms with – and find terms for – a difficult and elusive body of work by one of the most important artists of the 20th century.
Author: Fred Orton
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Jasper Johns: A Retrospective is the most complete and authoritative book on this important American artist. This lavish volume reproduces 240 of Johns' works, arranged in sections that allow comparison of paintings, drawings, and prints from each era of his career. 483 illustrations, 261 in color.
Author: Kirk Varnedoe,Roberta Bernstein
Publisher: Harry N Abrams Inc
A fusion of criticism and biography, this text offers new insight into the life and work of one of America's pre-eminent living artists.
Author: Jill Johnston
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
An eloquent, accessible survey of the work of the iconic American artist
Seeing with the Mind's Eye
Author: Gary Garrels
Publisher: Yale University Press
At a time when the dominant mode of painting, Abstract Expressionism, emphasised expressive drama through bold brushwork and largely abstract compositions, Johns’ paintings of the American flag, targets, numbers and the alphabet demonstrated a decided departure from convention. Despite being painted with obvious care, they seemed emotionally reticent, cool and quiet, far from the emotional fireworks then fashionable. “It all began... with my painting a picture of an American flag. Using this design took care of a great deal for me because I didn’t have to design it. So I went on to similar things like the targets - things the mind already knows. That gave me room to work on other levels. For instance, I’ve always thought of painting as a surface; painting it in one color made this very clear. Then I decided that looking at a painting should not require a special kind of focus like going to church. A picture ought to be looked at the same way you look at a radiator.” Unlike most artists’ statements in New York during the 1950s, Johns’ remarks contained none of the familiar talk of doubt and angst, and his selection of subject matter appeared deliberate, thoughtful, and far removed from emotional attachments and desires. To younger artists, his art seemed not so much cold and unfeeling as clear-eyed and honest after the excesses of Abstract Expressionism. Furthermore, in selecting recognisable subjects, Johns seemed to reject prevailing abstract modes of painting, yet his subjects themselves - flags, targets, numbers - each possessed a vital characteristic of classic abstraction, namely, a flatness rendering them all but indistinguishable from the picture plane itself. This book underlines how Johns’s work made the polarity between abstraction and representation that had dominated debates about modern art for decades seem suddenly obsolete, opening up other ways of thinking about art’s relation to the world. It also tries to understand why, since his first exhibition at the Leo Castelli Gallery at the age of twenty-seven, he has remained one of the major artists of the contemporary artistic scene.
Author: Catherine Craft
Publisher: Parkstone International
"This is an exhibition catalog exploring the relationship between artists Jasper Johns and Edvard Munch"--
Inspiration and Transformation
Author: John B. Ravenal
Publisher: Yale University Press
The perfect introduction to the life and art of Jasper Johns.
Author: Isabelle Loring Wallace
Publisher: Phaidon Press
Centering on the dutch wives, a double-panel encaustic-and-newsprint painting in the artist's signature 'crosshatch' motif, this catalogue explores the impact of print on the work of Jasper Johns. Also included are various prints and drawings that demonstrate the aspects of printmaking essential to Johns' work.
Publisher: Hatje Cantz Pub
Jasper Johns, one of the most influential artists of our time, has been the subject of intense public scrutiny since his landmark first exhibition in 1958. Yet this book, published in conjunction with the 1996-97 exhibition "Jasper Johns: A Retrospective" at The Museum of Modern Art, is the first to present this very private figure in his own words. It brings together Johns's few written articles, key interviews, and the fullest selection ever of his sketchbook drawings and notes. Important parts of this material are published here for the first time; others have previously been unavailable in English. The provocative originality and subtlety of Johns's thoughts on art, and his well-known concern with precision in language, are evident throughout. This volume will be indispensable for the study of the artist, and will provide fascination and pleasure for all readers interested in contemporary creativity.
Writings, Sketchbook Notes, Interviews
Author: Jasper Johns,Kirk Varnedoe
a print retrospective
Author: Riva Castleman
Publisher: Museum of Modern Art
Author: Jasper Johns,David Sylvester,Anthony d'Offay (Firm)
Publisher: Distributed Art Pub Inc
Spanning over 60 years of Jasper Johns's (b. 1930) prolific career, this spectacular publication is the most comprehensive and definitive study of the artist's work to date. Written by noted Johns expert Roberta Bernstein, the book explores the synergy between continuity and change in the development of the artist's work through 2014. The text is enlivened by the voluminous insight Bernstein has gained over decades of knowing the artist, and she incorporates Johns's own unique manner of talking about his art through interviews and public statements. Each chapter is focused on a specific time period and its prevailing themes in Johns's paintings and sculptures, and throughout the book related drawing and prints are referenced as contributions to an advanced understanding of the work.
Redo an Eye
Author: Roberta Bernstein
In this reading of Jasper Johns's work, John Yau focuses his attention on how the artist's pioneering paintings relate to life as it is lived - and on what they tell us about what it means to be mortal and alive in time. Along the way, Yau clears a much-needed path through the tangle of narrowly self-reflexive interpretations that have plagued so much critical writing on Johns's work during the past half century - providing a fresh approach and opening our eyes to Johns's accomplishment in revealing ways. This book is written with both precision and passion. It should be read by everyone who cares about modern painting.
Author: John Yau
Publisher: Distributed Art Publishers (DAP)
Edited by Diana Murphy. Essay by Mark Rosenthal. Foreword by Louisa Stude Sarofim.
drawings : the Menil Collection
Author: Mark Rosenthal,Jasper Johns
The latest curatorial partnership between Whitechapel Gallery, London and The Gallery at Windsor features one of the most significant and influential American artists of our time, Jasper Johns. In dialogue with the artist Robert Rauschenberg and his friends the composer John Cage and choreographer Merce Cunningham, Johns evolved a new language in art in the 1960s. As all four artists became immersed in dance and performance, the body itself entered Johns' work, at first as fragments, but more recently the whole body appeared as a shadow or silhouette flitting through his lithographs and etchings. Johns' prints overlay images and textures to stress process, and at the same time reflect the way our consciousness overlaps memory and perception. The Gallery at Windsor presents 'the body' as it has appeared in Jasper Johns' lithographs and etchings created with Universal Limited Art Editions (ULAE) print studio from the 1980s to the present. This exhibition is organised by the Whitechapel Gallery, London, where Jasper Johns had his first UK show in 1964. It is curated by Iwona Blazwick and Bill Goldston in partnership with Hilary Weston and with the artist. In 1960, Russian émigrée Tatyana Grosman invited Johns to transform his legendary paintings into equally radical works on paper. As co-founder of ULAE with her husband Maurice Grosman, Tatyana invited a host of young artists to the modest cottage in Long Island that was ULAE headquarters. As one artist recommended another, the ULAE press came to make prints with some of the most important artists of the time. Today, under the leadership of Bill Goldston, ULAE continues to make prints with living artists that are held in major museum collections. Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011, Jasper Johns has been the subject of major retrospectives and is one of the most influential American artists of his generation. Yet he continues to experiment, pushing the boundaries of printmaking today. The publication features an essay by Iwona Blazwick 0-9 uses of the body, in which Johns' interest in the body is explored through ideas such as form, sign, being, performance, memory and icon. The illustrated plate section contains all 30 works in the exhibition. There is a Q&A between Candy Stobbs and Director of ULAE, Bill Goldston which looks at the historic art of printmaking and the longstanding creative relationship between Jasper Johns and ULAE. Also included is a section of archival images from ULAE which includes historic portraits of Jasper Johns and his contemporaries.
Shadow and Substance
Author: Jasper Johns,Iwona Blazwick
Category: Art, American
Author: Christian Geelhaar,Jasper Johns,Öffentliche Kunstsammlung Basel
A substantial new monograph on one of America's most significant artists, showcasing his paintings from the early 1980s to the present
Pictures Within Pictures Work, 1980-2015
Author: Fiona Donovan