A substantial new monograph on one of Americas most significant artists, showcasing his paintings from the early 1980s to the present
In the late 1970s, after the artists explosive Pop Art beginnings and a period of abstraction, representational objects made their way back into Jasper Johns work. Supported by the artists words and previous scholarship, Jasper Johns is the first comprehensive study of his later paintings and works on paper.
Fiona Donovan helps contextualize images that have personal significance for Johns and explain a broader humanist discourse. Readers learn of his absorption with the appropriation and abstraction of images taken from Czanne, Grnewald, Picasso, and others, and discover the inspiration Johns finds in his immediate surroundings. Progressing through several key phases and turning points in the artists career, Donovan brings to light not only this subtext of inspirations and influences but also Johns circle of contemporaries, collaborators, and personal perceptions and obsessions. Johns compelling and enduring curiosity is omnipresent and reflected in his stylistic changes, but the shifting themes, motifs, and moods of his work are all underpinned by his exceptional skill.
This publication offers a rare occasion to view and further understand a compellingly beautiful but elusive oeuvre.150+ illustrations in color