Jasper Johns, arguably the single most influential living American artist, has spent his radically inventive, seven-decade career redefining every artistic medium he has worked in. In an unprecedented collaboration, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York will simultaneously stage a retrospective of Johns’s career, featuring a vast body of work that includes painting, sculpture, drawings, prints, books, and costumes and set design.
Inspired by the artist’s long-standing fascination with mirroring and doubles, the two halves of the exhibition will be reflections of one another, featuring themes, methods, and images that echo both within each of the two venues, and between them. Viewed individually or together, the two-part exhibition will offer viewers an immersive, well-rounded, and innovative exploration of the artist’s fundamental working logic, and the many phases, facets, and masterworks of his remarkable ongoing evolution.
This exhibition is organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Carlos Basualdo, The 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
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Dorrance Special Exhibition Galleries
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York