Matthew Marks Gallery

Recent Paintings & Works on Paper


Essay by Alexi Worth

Clothbound with jacket
100 pages
76 images
11 × 9 inches; 28 × 23 cm
ISBN 9781944929176

When Jasper Johns had his first one-person exhibition — in 1958, at the age of twenty-seven — its impact was widespread and immediate. Since then, as his influence has grown, his work has evolved, circling back to familiar subjects while opening up new formal and thematic frontiers. Jasper Johns: Recent Paintings & Works on Paper accompanies the artist’s first exhibition of new work in five years. In these drawings, prints, and paintings, Johns traces the shifting meaning of old and new motifs while contending with his own rich artistic past.

Extensively illustrated with more than sixty full-color plates, Jasper Johns: Recent Paintings & Works on Paper chronicles a new creative chapter in the life of an artist with few peers. As Alexi Worth writes in the essay, “His depictions feel ever bolder, more encompassing, more willing to deploy new resources of drawing alongside the habits and iconographies built up over a lifetime.”