Monday 17th April 2017,

ART

Ξ Leave a comment

Jasper Johns Takes on a New Icon After the American Flag, Targets and Numbers,

posted by ARTCENTRON
Jasper Johns Takes on a New Icon After the American Flag, Targets and Numbers,

Jasper Johns (American, born 1930). Study for Regrets. 2012. Acrylic, photocopy collage, colored pencil, ink and watercolor on paper.11 3/8 × 17 3/4″ (28.9 × 45.1 cm). Art © Jasper Johns/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. Photograph: Jerry Thompson. Image courtesy of Museum of Modern Art

ART REVIEW

BY KAZAD

Jasper Johns: Regrets, at the Museum of Modern Art celebrates an American artists who made a name for himself using iconic images like Target, American flag and numbers

Jasper Johns (American, born 1930). Untitled. 2013. After taking on the American Flag, Target and Numbers, Jasper Johns takes on an icon that reveals his versatility as great American artist-art

Jasper Johns (American, born 1930). Untitled. 2013. Watercolor on paper. 22 1/4 × 31″ (56.5 × 78.7 cm). Anne Dias Griffin. Art © Jasper Johns/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. Photograph: Jerry Thompson. Image courtesy of Museum of Modern Art

NEW YORK, NY—Whenever the name Jasper Johns (American, b. 1930) is mentioned, what comes to mind is the American flag. In 1954, Johns created an art piece using the American flag, and this has become a major marker in his artistic career. Titled Flag, the artwork now in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, has become both iconic and a signifier for Johns. But the American flag is not the only iconic motif painted by Jasper Johns: he also painted targets, and numbers. Although these iconic images have come to define Johns artistic career, there is no doubt that he is a versatile artist.   Johns’s resourcefulness is the focus of a new exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Titled Jasper Johns: Regrets, the exhibition presents new series of works created over the last year and half by this famous American artist. The series includes drawings, paintings and prints.

Johns’s new works were influenced by a photograph of Lucian Freud, a part of a series taken around 1964 by the British photographer John Deakin. Deakin was commissioned by Francis Bacon who used the photographs as source material for his own paintings. From this series, Johns selected the image of the young Freud perched on a bed, one arm raised to obscure his face in an introspective gesture. In creating his new works, Johns explored not just the image of Freud but also the physical qualities of the original black-and-white print, which had been thoroughly degraded through extensive use: it had been creased and torn by Bacon in the course of his studio practice.

Jasper Johns: Regrets was organized by Christophe Cherix, The Robert Lehman Foundation Chief Curator of Drawings and Prints, and Ann Temkin, The Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture, with Ingrid Langston, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Drawings and Prints, MoMA. The show takes viewers through the mind and thinking of the artists as he explored Freud’s image and photograph. A series of small pencil sketches, a set of four ink-on-plastic drawings, and two prints reveal Johns’s creative struggle as he tries to actualize his probe of Freud’s innermost thoughts. The cumulative result of that unending experimental tussle is reflected in a large-scale watercolor painting. Titled Regrets, so much of Johns’s thoughts and internal creative conflicts are encapsulated in this watercolor piece that obscures the image of Freud to the point abstraction.

Regrets, the title of Johns new exhibition developed from a stamp he produced about five years ago, so he could swiftly decline the stream of requests and invitations that he frequently received. Instead of writing a long letter explaining why he could not attend an event, the stamp sufficed. The word “Regret” appears prominently on two of   the paintings in this show. Enlarged as a screen print, the word appears on the right corner of two paintings, where they serve as the title of the painting as well as the artist’s signature.

The word “Regret” as explored by Johns presents multiple interpretations. On one hand, the word references Freud’s contemplative mood. Perched on a bed, one arm raised to obscure his face in an introspective gesture, Freud’s body language could be interpreted as the artist regretting an action or event. On another level, however, it seems Johns is the one regretting his inability to accurately capture Freud’s mood or even his physical gesture because the photograph had been utterly degraded due to multiple use. Perhaps that is why there is a dominant dark form in the center foreground in the series.

Located in the Paul J. Sachs Drawings Galleries, this new series reveals Johns’s internal conflict as he struggled to create a perfect picture. From his exploration of materials and media, there is a revelation of the importance of process and experimentation, and of failing and starting again. This resilience and extraordinary technical ability is evidently what has made Johns one the most celebrated American artists.

Image- Painting by Jasper Johns -American, is titled Untitled. 2013. This Ink on plastic. is presently on dispaly at the Museum of Modern Art in New York-Art News

Jasper Johns (American, born 1930). Untitled. 2013. Ink on plastic. 27 1/2 × 36″ (69.9 × 91.4 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Promised gift from a private collection. Art © Jasper Johns/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. Photograph: Jerry Thompson. Image courtesy of Museum of Modern Art

Image- Jasper Johns (American, born 1930). Regrets. 2013. The word Regrets play prominent role in Jasper Johns’s new series on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Exploring the photograph of Lucian Freud taken around 1964 by the British photographer John Deakin, Johns introduces a new addition to his personal iconography-Art

Jasper Johns (American, born 1930). Regrets. 2013. Oil on canvas. 50 × 72″ (127 × 182.9 cm). Art © Jasper Johns/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. Photograph: Jerry Thompson. Image courtesy of Museum of Modern Art

Image-Jasper Johns (American, born 1930). Regrets. 2013. Watercolor, charcoal and pastel on paper. This exciting image presently on display at the Museum of Modern Art, shows Jasper Johns’s creative struggle to articulate his new personal iconography: gesture -Art News

Jasper Johns (American, born 1930). Regrets. 2013. Watercolor, charcoal and pastel on paper. 31 1/2 × 46 7/8″ (80 × 119.1 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Promised gift of Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis. Art © Jasper Johns/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. Photograph: Jerry Thompson. Image courtesy of Museum of Modern Art

Jasper Johns: Regrets, on view through September 1, 2014 at the Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53 Street, New York, NY 10019

FOLLOW ARTCENTRON


Warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at /home3/silifat2/public_html/wp-content/plugins/sql-executioner/sql-executioner.php:41) in /home3/silifat2/public_html/wp-includes/functions.php on line 3719