Mind/Mirror at the Whitney Museum of American Art – Times Square Chronicles

Jasper JohnsThe groundbreaking work of sent shockwaves through the art world when first presented in the late 1950s, and he went on to challenge new audiences – and himself – over the course of a career. over sixty-five years old. He was born in 1930 in Augusta, Georgia; spent the majority of his adult life in New York City; and now lives in Sharon, Connecticut, where at the age of ninety-one he remains active in his studio. Johns’ early use of common objects and motifs, language and materials and inventive formats upended conventional notions of what a work of art is and can be. His deeply generative practice helped spark movements such as Pop Art, Minimalism and Conceptualism, among others, and has inspired successive generations of artists to this day.

Jasper Johns: Spirit/Mirror is the most comprehensive retrospective of Johns’ art ever. Showcasing his most iconic works as well as many others presented for the first time, it includes a wide range of paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures from 1954 to the present at two sites. Conceived as a whole but presented in two distinct parts, the exhibition is presented simultaneously here at the Whitney and at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, two institutions with which Johns has a long-standing relationship. This unique double structure is inspired by the artist’s fascination with the mirror and the double, so that each half of the exhibition echoes and reflects the other. Organized in a largely chronological order, the retrospective features pairs of related galleries – one in each city – that offer varied perspectives on the artist’s mindsets. Individually, each gallery focuses on a particular aspect of Johns’ thought and work through the lens of different themes, processes, images, mediums and even emotional states. Taken together, they offer an immersive exploration of the many phases, treasures and mysteries of a radical, enduring and ever-changing career.

This exhibition is organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

This exhibition ends today

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