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Jasper Johns" paintings and sculptures, 1954-1974 "the changing focus of the eye" by Roberta Bernstein

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Published by UMI Research Press in Ann Arbor, Mich .
Written in English


  • Johns, Jasper, 1930-,
  • Art -- Themes, motives

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Edition Notes

Statementby Roberta Bernstein.
SeriesStudies in the fine arts., no. 46
LC ClassificationsN6537.J6 B47 1985
The Physical Object
Paginationxxii, 249 p. :
Number of Pages249
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL3020841M
ISBN 100835716015
LC Control Number85000998

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Jasper Johns' Paintings And Sculptures, book. Read reviews from world’s largest community for readers. Online shopping from a great selection at Books Store.   In subsequent decades, Johns’s art has increasingly engaged issues of memory and mortality, often incorporating references to admired artistic predecessors. This definitive 5-volume catalogue raisonné documents the entire body of painting and sculpture made by Johns from through , encompassing paintings and 86 sculptures. Summary of Jasper Johns. Jasper Johns's playful, enigmatic paintings interrogate the very ways in which we see and interpret the world. Beginning in the mids, Johns eschewed an art cut off from everyday life and made common signs, such as flags and targets, the subject of his work.

Flag. Johns's first major work broke from the Abstract Expressionist precedent of non-objective painting with his representation of a recognizable everyday object - the American flag. Additionally, instead of using oil paint applied to the canvas with a brush, Johns built the flag from a dynamic surface made up of shreds of newspaper dipped in encaustic, allowing snippets of text to remain.   An acclaimed artist since the s, Jasper Johns has produced paintings, prints and sculptures. His best-known art features ordinary items like flags and maps. Jasper Johns's ongoing stylistic and technical experimentation place him at the forefront of American art. His richly textured paintings of maps, flags, numbers, and targets laid the groundwork for Pop art, Minimalism, and Conceptual New York in the s, Johns was part of a community of artists, including Robert Rauschenberg, seeking an alternative to the emotional nature of Abstract.  , reigned supreme. Johns achieved this most famously by covering supports with symbols like flags, targets, and maps that, abstracted and reconsidered, only seemed to have fixed meanings and actually suggested more questions than answers. What, then, can we say about Jasper Johns and the purposefully inscrutable art that made him one of the most celebrated artists of the .

When asked about Johns’ ale cans in an interview shortly be­fore his death, Duchamp claimed that the painting of the cans was “absolutely mechanical.”’12 This negation of the pains­taking, sensuous execution of the sculpture is an expression of Duchamp’s own artistic concerns, not those of Jasper Johns. Johns sought to make the. In , he met Frank O'Hara (author), and was invited to do the illustrations and art work for the book (In Memory of My Feelings). In the s, Jasper Johns met with another author, Samuel Beckett, who requested that he would design the art work for his written piece, Fizzles. Jasper Johns is an iconic American artist who came to define the period between Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art. In Flag (–), perhaps his most famous work—a collage of paper, encaustic oil, and fabric—Johns makes a formal abstraction from the American stars and stripes while also muting its power. “I think that one wants from a painting a sense of life,” the artist mused. Jasper Johns. Jasper Johns has been a central figure in contemporary art since his arrival in New York in the s, 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 .