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The first monograph devoted to Jasper Johns, this erudite volume has the dual distinction of possessing exquisite reproductions of many of his most
significant paintings and sculptures, as well as an eloquent essay by the esteemed critic and historian Max Kozloff. In 1954 when Johns stormed the world of New York expressionism with his unforgettable Flag painting, it hardly seemed a foregone conclusion to assume his eventual immense success. However, by 1958 he was represented by Leo Castelli, working collaboratively with Merce Cunningham, John Cage, and Robert Rauschenberg, and establishing himself as one of the most provocative critical thinkers about the past, present, and future of modernism during the postwar period. For over fifty years, Johns has been a major philosophical and aesthetic presence, honored with countless publications, retrospective exhibitions, and iconic status. His paintings and sculptures of familiar signs and symbols, quotidian objects re-assembled, embalmed in encaustic with their meanings re-assigned and presented to the viewer for examination both of the object and of its cultural milieu became the crux of Johns’ oeuvre, an aim that, though seemingly ordinary in appearance, has stood throughout history as diametrically opposed to the habitual expectations. Though Jasper Johns was published in 1967, prior to many of his later works, this volume contains one of the most vital textual analyses, supplemented by the most extraordinary reproductions of the artist’s work, to ever have been published. carries Jasper Johns by Max Kozloff.

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