AN ART OF CHANGES:
JASPER JOHNS PRINTS, 1960–2018
ON VIEW APRIL 24–JULY 10, 2022
The comprehensive survey explores the artist’s six-decade practice
in printmaking, featuring some 70 works
Jasper Johns (American, born 1930), Skin with O’Hara Poem, 1963–1965, lithograph on paper, 22 x 34 in., ed. 6/30. Collection Walker Art Center, Gift of Judy and Kenneth Dayton, 1988. © Jasper Johns and U.L.A.E./VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY. Published by Universal Limited Art Editions
WATER MILL, NY. 3/18/2022—The Parrish Art Museum presents An Art of Changes: Jasper Johns Prints, 1960-2018, a comprehensive survey of the artist’s six-decade practice in printmaking, highlighting his experiments with familiar, abstract, and personal imagery that play with memory and visual perception in endlessly original ways. On view April 24–July 10, 2022, the exhibition includes some 70 works in intaglio, lithography, woodcut, linoleum cut, screen printing, and lead relief—all drawn from the Walker Art Center’s comprehensive collection of the artist’s prints. An Art of Changes continues the recognition of Johns’s 90th birthday, as well as his stature today as one the 20th century’s greatest American artists.
“We are thrilled to present this exhibition at the Parrish,” said Alicia G. Longwell, Ph.D., Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Chief Curator, Art and Education. “Johns’s innovations in printmaking—a major focus of his work for decades—are unrivaled. An Art of Changes presents an in-depth investigation into his unique processes and the evolution of recurring themes throughout his career.”
When Johns’s paintings of flags and targets debuted in 1958, they brought him instant acclaim and established him as a critical link between Abstract Expressionism and Pop art. In the ensuing 60 years, Johns (American, b. 1930) has continued to astonish viewers with the beauty and complexity of his paintings, drawings, sculpture, and prints.
Organized in four thematic sections, An Art of Changes follows Johns through the years as he revises and recycles key motifs over time, including the American flag, numerals, and the English alphabet, which he describes as “things the mind already knows.” Some works explore artists’ tools, materials, and techniques. Others delve into signature aspects of Johns’s distinctive mark-making, including flagstones and hatch marks; later pieces teem with autobiographical imagery. To underscore Johns’s fascination with the changes that occur when an image is reworked in another medium, the prints will be augmented by a small selection of paintings and sculptures.
An Art of Changes: Jasper Johns Prints, 1960–2018
Curator: Joan Rothfuss, guest curator, Visual Arts
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh: October 12, 2019–January 20, 2020
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis: February 16, 2020–January 3, 2021
Tampa Art Museum, Florida: April 28–September 5, 2021
Grand Rapids Art Museum, Michigan: October 2, 2021–January 9, 2022
Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, New York: April 24–July 10, 2022
An Art of Changes: Jasper Johns Prints, 1960–2018 is organized by the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Major support is provided by Martha and Bruce Atwater and Judy Dayton. Additional support is provided by Robert and Rebecca Pohlad and Annette and John Whaley.
The Parrish Art Museum’s exhibitions and programs are made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and by the property taxpayers, from the Southampton Union Free School District and the Tuckahoe Common School District.
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