Jasper Johns

Author: Carolyn Lanchner

Publisher: The Museum of Modern Art

ISBN: 9780870707681

Category: Art

Page: 48

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Text by Carolyn Lanchner.
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Jasper Johns

Author: Catherine Craft

Publisher: Parkstone International

ISBN: 1780429975

Category: Art

Page: 256

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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.
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Jasper Johns

Author: Michael Crichton,Whitney Museum of American Art

Publisher: Harry N Abrams Inc

ISBN: N.A

Category: Art

Page: 296

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Pairing the talents of a leading American artist and the author of Jurassic Park, a collection of intellectual works featuring the artist's use of puns, optical illusion, and embedded images is accompanied by analytical text.
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Jasper Johns

Author: Richard Francis,Jasper Johns

Publisher: Abbeville Pr

ISBN: N.A

Category: Art

Page: 128

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This volume reproduces and comments upon the artist's early transformation of commonplace images into art and his more recent works of ready-made images and illusionistic painting
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Figuring Jasper Johns

Author: Fred Orton

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 9780948462580

Category: Art

Page: 248

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Placing individual works by the allegorical artist and sculptor Jasper Johns in their social context as well as in Johns's oeuvre, this book aims 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.
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Jasper Johns

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Author: Roberta Bernstein,Jasper Johns,Carter E. Foster

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780940717756

Category: Art

Page: 96

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Jasper Johns

Author: Jasper Johns

Publisher: Royal Academy of Arts

ISBN: 9781910350690

Category: Art

Page: 262

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"Jasper Johns's art unites mastery, mystery, simplicity, and contradiction. His methodical working process combines intense deliberation and experimentation, obsessive craft, cycles of revision and repetition, and decisive shifts of direction. Johns also frequently borrows images from other artists, which, ironically, only underscores the originality of his own vision. His work occupies a key position in the art of the second half of the twentieth century. Jasper Johns: A Retrospective is the most complete and authoritative resource on it available, containing 264 color plates illustrating his paintings, drawings, sculptures, and prints. Accompanying essays review his essential themes, analyze his references to other artists, and explore how his contemporaries have, in turn, seen and absorbed his own work. The plates are arranged to follow the stages of his career, allowing comparison of paintings, drawings, sculptures, and prints from each period, as his style developed and changed. That comprehensive selection of reproductions is interwoven with an illustrated chronology tracing Johns' life and work with unprecedented accuracy and thoroughness. With its scholarly essays and extensive bibliography, Jasper Johns: A Retrospective is the indispensable reference work on this crucial artist. This volume was originally published to accompany the major exhibition of Johns' work held at The Museum of Modern Art in 1996 and 1997, his first full retrospective in 20 years. It has been out of print since 2002"--Note de l'éditeur.
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Jasper Johns

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Author: Jill Johnston

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

ISBN: 9780500017364

Category: Artists

Page: 335

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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.
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Jasper Johns

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Author: James Rondeau,Douglas W. Druick,Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)

Publisher: Art Inst of Chicago

ISBN: N.A

Category: Art

Page: 320

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Jasper Johns (b. 1930), one of today's most acclaimed and influential artists, is rarely considered in relation to monochromatic art. Yet single-colour experimentations have figured prominently in his productions since 1955, and within that significant subset of his work, the majority of monochromes are grey. In fact, every one of his iconic, serialized forms has been articulated in grey. This elegant book, spanning Johns' full career, examines this singular preoccupation, presenting a revolutionary new understanding of and appreciation for the artist as an accomplished tonalist.
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