The Condition of Being Here


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Drawings by Jasper Johns

David Breslin

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Arguably the most important living artist in America, Jasper Johns (b. 1930) has been a leading advocate of drawing as an artistic genre in its own right, not just a preparatory medium for other works. This catalogue brings together 41 of Johns’s drawings, spanning more than 60 years of his illustrious career and, beginning in 1954, the origin of his mature practice. It encompasses his most famous recurring motifs, including flags, targets, and numbers, and an essay by David Breslin contextualizes this reiterative aspect of Johns’s career. Exquisite reproductions and large-scale details reveal the touch and process of this master draftsman, imparting to the reader a feeling of being in close contact with the artist himself. As this intimate book shows, Johns’s art, at once simple and enigmatic, is above all a meditation on the world around him, a constant investigation of what he calls “the condition of being here.”

Distributed for The Menil Collection

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The Menil Collection, Houston

David Breslin is the curator and director of the collection at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and the former John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation Curator of Drawings at the Menil Collection.


The Menil Collection, Houston

ISBN: 9780300229301
Publication Date: November 6, 2018
Publishing Partner: Distributed for The Menil Collection
112 pages, 7 1/2 x 9 1/2
54 color illus.
Juan Muñoz at the Clark

Introduction by Carmen Giménez; With an essay by David Bres

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Make It New

Abstract Painting from the National Gallery of Art, 1950–1975

Harry Cooper; With contributions by David Breslin and Matt

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Raw Color

The Circles of David Smith

Edited by David Breslin; With essays by Michael Brenson, Da

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As Essential as Dreams

Self-Taught Art from the Collection of Stephanie and John Smither

Michelle White; With contributions by Lynne Adele, Brooke D

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Art History and Emergency

Crises in the Visual Arts and Humanities

Edited by David Breslin and Darby English

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Whitney Biennial 2022

Quiet as It's Kept

David Breslin and Adrienne Edwards; With contributions by J

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Menil Drawing Institute Series
Think of Them as Spaces

Brice Marden's Drawings

Kelly Montana; With an interview between Josef Helfenstein

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Roni Horn

When I Breathe, I Draw

Michelle White

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Robert Motherwell Drawing

As Fast as the Mind Itself

Edouard Kopp

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