Jasper Johns: Pictures Within Pictures, Work 1980-2015 by Fiona DonovanJasper Johns: Pictures Within Pictures, Work 1980-2015 by Fiona Donovan

Jasper Johns: Pictures Within Pictures, Work 1980-2015

byFiona Donovan

Hardcover | November 14, 2017

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In the late 1970s, after the artist’s explosive Pop Art beginnings and a period of abstraction, representational objects made their way back into Jasper Johns’ work. Supported by the artist’s words and previous scholarship, Jasper Johns is the first comprehensive study of his later paintings and works on paper.

Fiona Donovan helps contextualize images that have personal significance for Johns and explain a broader humanist discourse. Readers learn of his absorption with the appropriation and abstraction of images taken from Cézanne, Grünewald, Picasso, and others, and discover the inspiration Johns finds in his immediate surroundings. Progressing through several key phases and turning points in the artist’s career, Donovan brings to light not only this subtext of inspirations and influences but also Johns’ circle of contemporaries, collaborators, and personal perceptions and obsessions. Johns’ compelling and enduring curiosity is omnipresent and reflected in his stylistic changes, but the shifting themes, motifs, and moods of his work are all underpinned by his exceptional skill.

This publication offers a rare occasion to view and further understand a compellingly beautiful but elusive oeuvre.

Fiona Donovan is a teacher and writer based in New York. She received her Ph.D. in art history from Columbia University and has worked at the Leo Castelli Gallery, the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Donovan is the author of Rubens and England.
Title:Jasper Johns: Pictures Within Pictures, Work 1980-2015Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 12.5 × 9.6 × 1.2 inPublished:November 14, 2017Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0500239711

ISBN - 13:9780500239711


Editorial Reviews

One of “The Best Art Books of 2017” — The New York TimesThe richness of the subject is demonstrated by lavish color photographs, and a text that provides new access to Mr. Johns’s often hermetic themes. — The New York TimesA comprehensive study of Johns's art since 1980… Donovan draws on a review of his works and conversations with the artist to explore the broad complexity of his art. Full-color images are featured throughout. [Recommended] for anyone interested in modern art. — Library Journal