Jasper Johns Interview

The Art Newspaper has interviewed the (super) famous American painter Jasper Johns. Johns has even appeared in an episode of the Simpsons cartoon, where he went to an exhibition by Homer. How impressive would that be to have on the resume?!

Works by Jasper Johns will be exhibited at the National Gallery of Art in Washington in an exhibition called “An Allegory of Painting”.

Here’s a few quotes from the interview at the Art Newspaper.

  • I have always enjoyed drawings. In them, thought seems more concentrated, more suggestive.
    Jasper Johns Quote
  • The motivating forces were largely unconscious and the intention and the making seemed to be one and the same. The thinking was spontaneous. Of course, the making often involved the usual delays—measuring, building, etc, even ­laziness, I suppose.
    Jasper Johns Quote
  • Inevitably, the makeup of any artist changes, bits drop out and are replaced by other bits. That we remain as coherent as we do seems remarkable to me. I mean that it seems remarkable if I think about it. I do not usually think about it.
    Jasper Johns Quote
  • The kinds of meaning and order that we may find in works of art, I suspect, rarely duplicate those that the artists who made them might find. Most artists don’t concentrate on the past, and hope that their work gives us a sense of the ­present.
    Jasper Johns Quote

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About Dion

Australian artist and observer of things.. all kinds of things. I like a wide variety of art, from the weird and wonderful to the bold and beautiful.. and everything in between.

Comments

  1. I just wanted to thank you for posting a blog about Johns. He is by far one of the most influencial artist’s in defining the art object and “seeing” for me so I really appreciate this.
    On a side note…on an earlier post you featured an artist, Johnny Naked, and his current project. I loved the article enough that I scheduled an appointment with him and participated in the project. As an artist it was one of the most enlightening experiences, as a person it was one of the most frightening.
    Keep up the good work with the posts!

  2. That’s great Sara.. I’m glad the posts helped in some way.

    If you want to share your experiences with Johnny Naked I would be happy to post it on Art News Blog.

    Let me know if you’re interested.

    Dion
    info at artnewsblog.com

  3. Johns has even appeared in an episode of the Simpsons cartoon, where he went to an exhibition by Homer. How impressive would that be to have on the resume?!

    No artist has ‘made it’ until he’s appeared on Aqua Teen Hunger Force.

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