Jasper Johns at the NGA

Pop Art aficionados should be interested in an exhibit opening tomorrow at the NGA (map),
which runs through April 29th in the East Building, Upper Level, North Bridge, and Mezzanine.

Jasper Johns: An Allegory of Painting, 1955-1965 will feature paintings, drawings and prints from his first decade of work.

Johns was born in 1930 in Augusta, Georgia. At age 19 he moved to New York, where he studied briefly at the Parsons School of Design. Drafted into the Army in 1951, he was stationed in Japan until 1953.

After the war, he returned to New York where he continued to explore his ideas that feature iconic motifs such as flags, targets and maps. In 1958 he was “discovered” by Leo Castelli and his first major gallery showing was a huge success.

Although his work is most often described as “neo-Dadaist,” he was a major influence on Pop artists of the 60s, most notably Andy Warhol. Johns has even been a character in the Simpsons episode “Mom and Pop Art,” doing his own voice.

3 Comments so far

  1. Jill Foster (unregistered) on January 27th, 2007 @ 5:34 pm

    Ah – thanks for this; I wasn’t aware of the exhibition. Looking forward to it.

  2. Doug (unregistered) on January 27th, 2007 @ 5:37 pm

    My pleasure. Enjoy!

  3. Doug (unregistered) on January 29th, 2007 @ 12:57 am

    Jasper Johns’s True Aim

    Oops! Shouldn’t that be Johns’? Not my typo, I pasted it in from the Post. And they claim to be professional writers.

    The piece is full of commentary, but has lots of details on his career.

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