Jasper Johns: Selected Works
An artist such as Jasper Johns hardly needs an introduction. A seminal figure in the generation immediately following the heroic individualism of Abstract Expressionism, his art was always a cerebral amalgamation of painterly abstraction and a Duchampian use of readymade symbols and cyphers. Letters of the alphabet, numbers, targets, maps, even the use of branded commodities such as ale cans – preceding Andy Warhol’s use of the Campbell soup can – all formed part of his wide repertory of Neo-Dada subject matter.
It is therefore with great pride and pleasure that we present “Jasper Johns: The Selected Works”. This exhibition, comprising more than twenty masterworks from Jasper Johns’ printed output, together with the beautiful “Coat Hanger” drawing, is a concentrated selection of works which give us a privileged insight into the creative output of one of the greatest artists of our time. Printmaking takes a central position in this artist’s oeuvre and his technical brilliance and inventiveness in the medium is probably without equal in the second half of the twentieth century. This exhibition will demonstrate Johns’ work in progress through his lithographs spanning over a twenty year period from 1962 to 1986, including highlights such as Decoy and Target as well as a complete set of numbers from 0 to 9.