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Jasper Johns: Seeing with the Mind's Eye


Nov 3, 2012 – Feb 3, 2013





151 3rd St



$11 - 18 museum admission


With all the snark of Dada and all the shellacked splendor of Pop, Jasper Johns has always walked a fine line between artistic concerns. Unlike Warhol, who fabricated logos and legends alike in the fast, cheap, and easy silkscreen mode that he felt they deserved, Johns attained fame by presenting the bottomlessly banal in the trappings of high art. In Johns's hands, encaustic painting isn't just an old-school way to deck out a chapel — it's a fabulous way to render the American flag literally dripping with irony. One of modern art's greatest living patriarchs, Johns will receive a double-edged tribute at SFMOMA starting this November 3rd: an expansive retrospective of 90 never-before-united paintings, prints, and sculptures, along with the world debut of a new larger-than-life canvas.

Meg Hurtado, Flavorpill

SFMOMA says…

For nearly 60 years, Jasper Johns has found new ways to explore, as he once put it, "how we see and why we see the way we do." This major exhibition — the artist's first Bay Area museum survey in 35 years — represents the full range of his career, from his tremendously influential renderings of numbers, flags, and other symbols in the 1950s and 1960s to vibrant recent work.