Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror exhibition in Philadelphia and New York

I received a press release from the Philadelphia Museum of Art about their upcoming joint exhibition with the Whitney Museum for a lifetime retrospective dedicated to Jasper Johns. In an unprecedented collaboration, this major exhibition is jointly organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art and will be presented simultaneously in both museums, opening on September 29, 2021. But here’s the staggering fact: Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror, will be the artist’s first major museum retrospective on the East Coast in a quarter century, and will feature over five hundred art works!!

Art by Jasper Johns in a lifetime major retrospective
“5 Postcards,” 2011, by Jasper Johns. From left to right: Encaustic on canvas, 36 × 24 in. (91.4 × 61 cm); Oil on canvas, 36 × 27 in. (91.4 × 68.6 cm); Oil on canvas, 36 × 27 in. (91.4 × 68.6 cm); Oil and graphite on canvas, 36 × 27 in. (91.4 × 68.6 cm); Encaustic on canvas, 36 × 24 in. (91.4 × 61 cm). Philadelphia Museum of Art: promised gift of Keith L. and Katherine Sachs. © 2021 Jasper Johns/VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Scott Rothkopf, Senior Deputy Director and Nancy and Steve Crown Family Chief Curator at the Whitney is quoted as saying: “One of our primary aims was to revivify the incredible sense of daring and discovery at the heart of Johns’s art. He stunned the establishment as a young man but continues to astonish audiences with surprising new ideas into his nineties. Surveying the whole of his career, we see an artist propelled by curiosity, constantly challenging himself—and all of us.”

Click here to read the full press release from the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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