Jasper Johns by Fiona Donovan
Pictures within Pictures, 1980-2015

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...it would be difficult to do justice to Johns’ intellectual and creative capacity without an equally intelligent presentation. Fortunately, nearly half the book consists of color reproductions. Full page spreads of important paintings...help tame the basic ideas of the more heady content.
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A substantial new monograph on one of America’s most significant artists, showcasing his paintings from the early 1980s to the present

In the late 1970s, after the artist’s explosive Pop Art beginnings and a period of abstraction, representational objects made their way back into Jasper Johns’ work. Supported by the artist’s words and previous scholarship, Jasper Johns is the first comprehensive study of his later paintings and works on paper.

Fiona Donovan helps contextualize images that have personal significance for Johns and explain a broader humanist discourse. Readers learn of his absorption with the appropriation and abstraction of images taken from Cézanne, Grünewald, Picasso, and others, and discover the inspiration Johns finds in his immediate surroundings. Progressing through several key phases and turning points in the artist’s career, Donovan brings to light not only this subtext of inspirations and influences but also Johns’ circle of contemporaries, collaborators, and personal perceptions and obsessions. Johns’ compelling and enduring curiosity is omnipresent and reflected in his stylistic changes, but the shifting themes, motifs, and moods of his work are all underpinned by his exceptional skill.

This publication offers a rare occasion to view and further understand a compellingly beautiful but elusive oeuvre.

150+ illustrations in color
 

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Published November 14, 2017 by Thames & Hudson. 288 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography.
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Reviewed by Cindy Helms on Nov 21 2017

...it would be difficult to do justice to Johns’ intellectual and creative capacity without an equally intelligent presentation. Fortunately, nearly half the book consists of color reproductions. Full page spreads of important paintings...help tame the basic ideas of the more heady content.

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