Jasper Johns, Alley Oop, 1958
Jasper Johns’s groundbreaking work sent shock waves through the art world when it was first shown in the late 1950s, and he has continued to challenge new audiences – and himself – over a career spanning more than sixty-five years. He was born in 1930 in Augusta, Georgia; spent the majority of his adult life in New York; and today lives in Sharon, Connecticut, where, at the age of ninety-one, he remains active in his studio.
Jasper Johns, Target, 1957
Jasper Johns, Mirror’s Edge, 1992
Jasper Johns, Three Flags, 1958
Johns’s early use of common objects and motifs, language, and inventive materials and formats upended conventional notions of what an artwork is and can be. His profoundly generative practice helped spark movements including Pop art, Minimalism, and Conceptualism, among others, and has inspired successive generations of artists to this day.
Jasper Johns, Map, 1963
Jasper Johns, Field Painting, 1963–64 / Untitled, 1998
Jasper Johns, According to What, 1964
Jasper Johns, Studio, 1964
Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror is the most comprehensive retrospective ever devoted to Johns’s art. Featuring his most iconic works along with many others shown for the first time, it comprises a broad range of paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures from 1954 to today across two sites. Conceived as a whole but displayed in two distinct parts, the exhibition appears simultaneously at the Whitney Museum of American Art and at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, two institutions with which Johns has had long-standing relationships. This unique dual structure draws on the artist’s lifelong fascination with mirroring and doubles, so that each half of the exhibition echoes and reflects the other.
Jasper Johns, Moratorium, 1969
Jasper Johns, Racing Thoughts, 1984
Jasper Johns, Painted Bronze, 1960
Jasper Johns, Untitled, 2018
Jasper Johns, Untitled, 1992–94
Organized in largely chronological order, the retrospective presents pairs of related galleries – one in each city – that offer varied perspectives on the artist’s turns of mind. Individually, each gallery focuses on a particular aspect of Johns’s thought and work through the lens of different themes, processes, images, mediums, and even emotional states. Taken together, they provide an immersive exploration of the many phases, treasures, and mysteries of a radical, enduring, and still-evolving career.
Jasper Johns, Flags, 1965 / Good Time Charley, 1961
Jasper Johns, Disappearance II, 1961
Jasper Johns, Screen Piece, 1967 / Screen Piece 2, 1968 / Screen Piece 3 (The Sonnets), 1968
Jasper Johns, In Memory of My Feelings—Frank O’Hara, 1961
This exhibition is organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
The organizing curators are Carlos Basualdo, Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Scott Rothkopf, Senior Deputy Director and Nancy and Steve Crown Family Chief Curator, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, with Sarah B. Vogelman, Exhibition Assistant, in Philadelphia, and Lauren Young, Curatorial Assistant, in New York.
Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror is organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.