Jasper Johns (b. 1930) is one of the most influential American artists of the last 60 years. When he burst onto the New York art scene in the 1950s with paintings and sculptures simulating familiar artefacts – his famous flags and targets – he established a decisive new direction in an art world then dominated by Abstract Expressionists. One of a group of revolutionary artists that included Robert Rauschenberg, choreographer Merce Cunningham, and composer John Cage, Johns made striking use of popular iconography, rendered with a distinctive textural, painterly surface. Over more than six decades, he has continued to offer us fresh ways of experiencing things we think we know and new glimpses of ‘something resembling truth’.
In this handsomely illustrated study, leading authorities on Johns examine his pioneering oeuvre, offering a detailed overview of his career, the themes that run through his work, and his international significance.
London, Royal Academy, 23 September – 10 December 2017 / Los Angeles, The Broad, 10 February – 13 May 2018