The Leslie Sacks Contemporary gallery in Santa Monica will present an exhibition of prints by Jasper Johns, which explores five decades in the pivotal contemporary American artist’s career, beginning Saturday, Nov. 17 through Jan. 5.
The exhibit will coincide with a major retrospective of Johns’ work at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Emerging on the New York art scene in the 1950s, Johns, along with Robert Rauschenberg, was considered a driving influence for the movements that followed Abstract Expressionism, including Pop Art, Minimalism and Conceptual Art, a gallery spokesperson said.
Johns became known early on in his career for his use of common symbols and motifs, such as numbers, maps and the American flag.
“Johns’ interest in presenting familiar and potentially overlooked sights in a new emblematic light has evolved over the years to encompass a repertoire of motifs, including targets, cans of paint brushes, light bulbs and crosshatching marks,” said the gallery’s Emily Fox.
Johns is known for his keen knowledge of art history, and since the beginning of his career, he has been particularly influenced by Marcel Duchamp’s “ready-mades,” which turned everyday objects into pieces of art, Fox noted.
Johns introduced the crosshatch into his repertoire of symbols during the 1970s, taking the pattern from a quilt in the Edvard Munch self-portrait, Between the Clock and the Bed.
In his later works Johns applied new symbols, while continuing to revisit others, Fox said.
Leslie Sacks Contemporary is at Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., B6, Santa Monica.
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