JASPER JOHNS AND HIS ORDINARY THINGS

_ Bilge Aydoğan Sayı 59, Ekim 2005

As a painter, sculptor and printmaker, Jasper Johns (1930 - ) is one of the best-known American’s post-abstract expressionist. His familiar iconic symbols were hailed as essential progenitors of Pop Art and Minimalism. He had his first one-man exhibition in 1958 at the Leo Castelli Gallery and during the year 1961, his picture named “Gray Numbers” won the International Prize at the Pittsburg Biennale. He became famous in the art world almost overnight. With the description of Kirk Varnedoe: “He is given a grand moment in he sun as the man who comes on the stage in order to slay the demon of Pollock and Kline and De Kooning and open up space for Don Judd and Andy Warhol and Frank Stella, and follows.” (1)

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