The Broad museum opens major Jasper Johns exhibition; artist was subject of early 'American Masters' doc
The Broad's Jasper Johns: 'Something Resembling Truth' runs February 10-May 13
A major exhibit of work by artist Jasper Johns is about to open to the public at The Broad in downtown Los Angeles.
The museum describes the show, Jasper Johns: 'Something Resembling Truth,' as "the most comprehensive survey in the U.S." of his paintings, sculpture and drawings in the last 20 years. More than 120 works spanning Johns' 60-year career will be on display during the exhibition that runs from February 10-May 13, 2018.
Johns does not feel that he is providing every answer. In fact, the painting itself is asking a question as much as it's providing an answer.
Johns, 87, chooses to "use everyday imagery to plumb the intellectual space between the familiar and the abstract, between the tangible object and painterly illusion," noted Joanne Heyler, founding director of The Broad, at a press preview of the exhibition on Wednesday. "His work eventually helped usher in pop cart, conceptual art, minimalism and post-modernism. While that chronology is well-established, this exhibition paves the way for a deeper and subtler understanding of Johns' practice."
The artist was the subject of the 1989 documentary Jasper Johns: Ideas in Paint directed by Rick Tejada-Flores that aired in the early years of the acclaimed PBS series American Masters.
"A large part of my work has been involved with the idea of the painting as object, as real thing in itself," Johns says in the documentary, his words read by his friend, composer John Cage.
See below for more photos from the exhibition, as well as pictures taken from other points within The Broad.
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