Jasper Johns


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Redo an Eye

Roberta Bernstein

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“My work is largely concerned with relations between seeing and knowing, seeing and saying, seeing and believing.”—Jasper Johns, 1965

Spanning over 60 years of Jasper Johns’s (b. 1930) prolific career, this spectacular publication is the most comprehensive and definitive study of the artist’s work to date. Written by noted Johns expert Roberta Bernstein, the book explores the synergy between continuity and change in the development of the artist’s work through 2014. The text is enlivened by the voluminous insight Bernstein has gained over decades of knowing the artist, and she incorporates Johns’s own unique manner of talking about his art through interviews and public statements. Each chapter is focused on a specific time period and its prevailing themes in Johns’s paintings and sculptures, and throughout the book related drawing and prints are referenced as contributions to an advanced understanding of the work.

The book’s compelling subtitle (the phrase appears, camouflaged, in Johns’s 1966 painting Passage II), indicating an “eye” and an exhortation to “redo” it, neatly summarizes a persistent aspect of Johns’s art.  His works—at turns ambiguous, ironic, and poignant—simultaneously engage the visual senses and challenge habits of perception. Jasper Johns: Redo an Eye is a thoughtful celebration of how Johns’s art inspires the viewer to resist habits of perception, in turn affecting the way one experiences and interacts with the world: the hallmark of an extraordinary artist. 

Published in association with the Wildenstein Plattner Institute

Roberta Bernstein is author and director of Jasper Johns: Catalogue Raisonné of Painting and Sculpture (Yale), and professor emeritus of art history at the University at Albany, State University of New York.

“A richly illustrated, comprehensive overview of [Johns’s] more than 60-year career, . . . the first monograph to take into account the full scope of his achievements.”—Pac Pobric, Art Newspaper
ISBN: 9780300229356
Publication Date: October 3, 2017
Publishing Partner: Published in association with the Wildenstein Plattner Institute
346 pages, 9 3/4 x 12
374 color + 17 b/w illus.
Jasper Johns

Catalogue Raisonné of Painting and Sculpture

Roberta Bernstein; With Heidi Colsman-Freyberger, Caitlin S

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