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Jasper Johns

American, b. 1930

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Jasper Johns

American, b. 1930

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Biography

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 art. In New York in the 1950s, Johns was part of a community of artists, including Robert Rauschenberg, seeking an alternative to the emotional nature of Abstract Expressionism. Influenced by Marcel Duchamp, Johns's early work paired the concerns of craft with familiar concrete imagery. His interest in process also led to innovations in lithography, screen-printing, etching and woodblock, using such materials as pencil, pen, brush, crayon, wax, and plaster to constantly challenge the technical possibilities of printmaking.

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Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Auction
High auction record
$36m, Sotheby's, 2014
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Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 10 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 18 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 2 more
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 6 more
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Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 4 more
Biography

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 art. In New York in the 1950s, Johns was part of a community of artists, including Robert Rauschenberg, seeking an alternative to the emotional nature of Abstract Expressionism. Influenced by Marcel Duchamp, Johns's early work paired the concerns of craft with familiar concrete imagery. His interest in process also led to innovations in lithography, screen-printing, etching and woodblock, using such materials as pencil, pen, brush, crayon, wax, and plaster to constantly challenge the technical possibilities of printmaking.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Auction
High auction record
$36m, Sotheby's, 2014
User
Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 10 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 18 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 2 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 6 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 4 more
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