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Jasper Johns

Jasper Johns (1930 – Present) painter, print maker and sculptor, largely associated with abstract expressionism and for depictions of the flag of the United States.

Born in Augusta, Georgia, Johns was raised in South Carolina, and studied at the University of South Carolina from 1947-1948, before going on to the Parsons School of Design in 1949. In 1952 and 1953, Johns was stationed in Japan during the Korean War, but he began his art career on returning to New York. 

Johns held his first solo show at Leo Castelli’s New York gallery in 1958, where Alfred Barr, founding directory of New York’s MoMA purchased four works instantly. In 1960, Johns received the Vincent Van Volkmer Prize, and in 1963 he and composer Cage founded the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts (now known as the Foundation for Contemporary Arts). During the 1970s, Johns collaborated with several contemporary artists including Andy Warhol, Robert Morris and Bruce Nauman, experimenting with a variety of disciplines including printmaking, sculpture and photography, transitioning to a more autobiographical style radically different from his early work by the end of the 1970s. Following a retrospective at the Whitney Museum of Art, Johns was exhibited in galleries across Europe, and was notably included in the 1978 Venice Biennale.

In 1987 Johns exhibited The Seasons at MoMA, whilst in the same year his work was the focus of a retrospective at the Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid which proved to be one of the most important retrospective shows of his career, featuring 180 works from 1960-1985. His work returned to Spain in 2011 with a new retrospective at the Valencia Institute of Modern Art. In 2014, Johns found huge success through his exhibition Regrets at MoMA in New York.

Works by Johns have been fetching very strong prices since 1975, making him the highest paid artist of his day. In 2017, the Royal Academy of Arts launched a major retrospective of Johns career entitled Jasper Johns: Something Resembling Truth whilst the Whitney Museum of American Art is soon to announce dates for the much anticipated Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror 2020 exhibition.

 

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