Painter, sculptor and printmaker Pop Art Jasper Johns, influential artist of the 20th century.
The subject of his work was how we perceive and label objects. His famous iconic paintings are Flags and Target with Four Faces.
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Johns’s art unites mastery, mystery, simplicity, and contradiction. His methodical working process combines intense deliberation and experimentation, obsessive craft, cycles of revision and repetition, and decisive shifts of direction. Johns also frequently borrows images from other artists, which, ironically, only underscores the originality of his own vision. ..
Together with Rauschenberg and several Abstract Expressionist painters of the previous generation, Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, and Barnett Newman, Johns is one of most significant and influential American painters of the twentieth century. He also ranks with Dürer, Rembrandt, Goya, Munch, and Picasso as one of the greatest printmakers of any era. In addition, he makes many drawings—unique works on paper, usually based on a painting he has previously painted—and he has created an unusual body of sculptural objects…
…But Johns in his paintings does not seduce for seduction’s sake. He does it to distract us from his other intentions. His paintings are famously full of hidden meanings – not for nothing has he been an attentive reader of Sherlock Holmes – and the good news from 142 Greene Street is that in the last few years he has begun to work with a whole new slew of images…