Meet Jasper Johns
- Jasper Johns, an iconic American artist, is showcasing his first East Coast exhibit in more than a quarter of a decade. At 91 years old, he is one of the highest valued living artists, producing a radical and varied body of work distinguished by constant reinvention. In his 20s, Johns created his now-canonical “Flag” (1954–55), which radically challenged the dominance of abstract expressionism by integrating abstraction and representation through its direct, though painterly, deadpan visual power. His works have continued to pose similar paradoxes – between cognition and perception, image and object, painting and sculpture – and have explored new approaches to abstraction and figuration that have opened new perspectives for several generations of younger artists. Throughout his career, he has tirelessly pursued an innovative body of work that includes painting, sculpture, drawing, prints and books, as well as the design of sets and costumes for the stage.
- This vast, unprecedented retrospective – simultaneously staged at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York – features a stunning array of the artist’s most celebrated paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints, as well as many lesser-known and recent works. Resulting from five years of scholarship and an inventive rethinking of Johns’ art, the exhibition will contain nearly 500 works. Although displayed in separate cities, the two related exhibits mirror each other and provide rare insight into the working process of one of the greatest artists of our time.
The Day’s Agenda
- Morning in Philadelphia
Start your day at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and discover the museum and Johns’ first exhibit with VIP access. Upgrade your day with a curated lunch at the museum’s restaurant Stir with a selection from the Chef’s Tasting Menu in the Frank Gehry–designed space.
- Afternoon in New York City
A short 1 hour and 20 minute Amtrak train ride away, discover the Whitney Museum of American Art conveniently located within the Meatpacking District and West Village neighbourhoods of Manhattan. Explore the museum at your leisure and uncover the second retrospective of the Mind/Mirror exhibition, taking note of similarities and differences between the two displays