Jasper Johns

Jasper Johns

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At a time when the dominant mode of painting, Abstract Expressionism, emphasized expressive drama through bold brushwork and largely abstract compositions, Johnsa€™ paintings of the American flag, targets, numbers and the alphabet demonstrated a decided departure from convention. Despite being painted with obvious care, they seemed emotionally reticent, cool and quiet, far from the emotional fireworks then fashionable. This books underlines how Johnsa€™ work made the polarity between abstraction and representation that had dominated debates about modern art for decades seem suddenly obsolete, opening up other ways of thinking about arta€™s relation to the world.38 Alley Oop, 1958. Oil and collage on cardboard, 58.4 x 45.7 cm. Collection of Mr. ... the long-awaited reaction against Abstract Expressionism. Their intensely private exchange would now take on a more complex, and more public, dimensionanbsp;...

Title:Jasper Johns
Author:Catherine Craft
Publisher:Parkstone Press - 2009


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