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Flag, 1954–55, by Jasper Johns
Flag, 1954–55, by Jasper Johns (The Museum of Modern Art: Gift of Philip Johnson in honor of Alfred H. Barr, Jr., 106.1973) © Jasper Johns/VAGA at ARS, NY. Digital image © The Museum of Modern Art/Licensed by SCALA/Art Resource, NY
Exhibition

Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror

Through February 13

Named one of the best of 2021 by the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Hyperallergic

Few artists have shaped the contemporary artistic landscape like Jasper Johns. With a body of work spanning seventy years, and a roster of iconic images that have imprinted themselves on the public’s consciousness, Johns at ninety-one is still creating extraordinary artworks. This vast, unprecedented retrospective—simultaneously staged at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York—features a stunning array of the artist’s most celebrated paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints as well as many lesser-known and recent works. Each a self-contained exhibition, the two related halves mirror one another and provide rare insight into the working process of one of the greatest artists of our time.

Locations

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Dorrance Special Exhibition Galleries
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York


Main Building

Free with museum admission

Pay What You Wish admission on 1st Sunday of the month & every Friday night

Explore the Exhibition

Get a sneak peek at the exhibition. All works by Jasper Johns. © Jasper Johns / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, unless noted otherwise.

Watch: Get a glimpse inside this ambitious exhibition.

About the Artist

Since the early 1950s, Jasper Johns (American, born 1930) has produced a radical and varied body of work distinguished by constant reinvention. In his twenties, Johns created his now-canonical Flag (1954–55), which radically challenged the dominance of Abstract Expressionism by integrating abstraction and representation through its direct, though painterly, deadpan visual power. His works have continued to pose similar paradoxes—between cognition and perception, image and object, painting and sculpture—and have explored new approaches to abstraction and figuration that have opened new perspectives for several generations of younger artists. Over the course of his career, he has tirelessly pursued an innovative body of work that includes painting, sculpture, drawing, prints, books, and the design of sets and costumes for the stage.

the artistJasper Johns, 2013. Photo by John Lund

Organizers

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

Sponsors

Bank of America is the National Sponsor.

Generous support is provided by Constance Hess Williams and Sankey Williams and Matthew Marks, and through the museum’s endowment with the Daniel W. Dietrich II Fund for Excellence in Contemporary Art, the Annenberg Foundation Fund for Major Exhibitions, the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Fund for Exhibitions, the Robert Montgomery Scott Endowment for Exhibitions, and the Kathleen C. and John J. F. Sherrerd Fund for Exhibitions.

Major support is provided by the museum’s Contemporary Art Committee, The Davenport Family Foundation, Ellsworth Kelly Foundation and Jack Shear, Agnes Gund, Leonard and Judy Lauder, Ms. Jennifer S. Rice and Mr. Michael C. Forman, The Sachs Charitable Foundation, Helen and Charles Schwab, and the Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art—including special gifts from the estates of Patricia Sweet Clutz and Phyllys “Fifi” Fleming.

Significant support is provided by Constance R. Caplan, the Robert Lehman Foundation, Marsha and Jeffrey Perelman, and an anonymous donor.

Additional support is provided by Irma and Norman Braman, Clarissa Alcock Bronfman and Edgar Bronfman Jr., Isabel and Agustín Coppel, Roberta and Carl Dranoff, Jaimie and David Field, Kathy and Richard Fuld, Mrs. Ronnie F. Heyman, Linda and George Kelly, Sueyun and Gene Locks, Richard and Nancy Lubin, Susan and James Meyer, Leslie Miller and Richard Worley, Mitchell and Hilarie Morgan Family Foundation, Lyn M. Ross, Howard Sacks and Vesna Todorović Sacks, Katie and Tony Schaeffer, Karen Goodman Tarte, Robbi and Bruce Toll, and two anonymous donors.

The Lenders Lunch is sponsored by

The accompanying publication was made possible by the Wyeth Foundation for American Art, The Davenport Family Foundation, Barbara Bertozzi Castelli, Jean-Christophe Castelli and Lisa Silver, and Craig F. Starr.

Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror benefited from a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Curators

Carlos Basualdo, Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art; and Scott Rothkopf, Senior Deputy Director and Nancy and Steve Crown Family Chief Curator, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; with Sarah B. Vogelman, Exhibition Assistant, in Philadelphia, and Lauren Young, Curatorial Assistant, in New York
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Performances
Performances
Experience dance performances inspired by the work of Jasper Johns.
Video
Video
A walk-through of the exhibition with curators Scott Rothkopf and Carlos Basualdo.
Publication
Publication
Gain a new perspective on Johns’s work and its relevance.
Video
Video
Hear about the making of this exhibition.
Blog
Blog
Learn about the divergent careers of Emma Amos and Jasper Johns.
Exclusive Offer
Exclusive Offer
Enjoy a visit to both museums and a night at Four Seasons Philadelphia.
Johns & Duchamp
Johns & Duchamp
Curator Carlos Basualdo describes the influence of Marcel Duchamp on Johns’s work.
Johns & Cézanne
Johns & Cézanne
Hear from curator Carlos Basualdo as he shares Johns’s response to Cézanne’s Large Bathers.
Video
Video
Creatives working in visual art, poetry, and dance share how Johns influenced them.
Blog
Blog
Irish writer Colm Tóibín on three Jasper Johns paintings.

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