Picture Gallery

Born in 1930, Jasper Johns spent his childhood in small South Carolina towns. At age twenty-four, he moved to New York. From the mid–1950s, Johns's work combined cool logic and private compulsion. His breakthrough 1954–55 painting Flag instigated a series of paintings of the American flag and of targets that stunned the art world. As his paintings became more complex, Johns placed alphabetical and numerical sequences in grids, and inserted words and actual objects into his art.

Jasper Johns's art brings mastery, 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.

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