Jasper Johns new work
More important than the images he chooses, though, is what he does with them, the formal and conceptual changes he puts them through. And to the “Regrets” series he has brought a full arsenal of transforming maneuvers used in the past.
As always, in developing a series, he juggles several media, including oil paint, acrylic, watercolor, charcoal, graphite, colored pencil, ink on paper, ink on plastic, printing ink and photocopying. And his idea of doing variations on a theme is close to dissection: cutting an image open, picking apart its essence, moving bits around, throwing some out, squeezing others into new shapes, in the end restoring wholeness, but not in its initial form. Full Review
|Jasper Johns. Untitled. 2013. Ink on plastic. 27 1/2 × 36"|
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photograph: Jerry Thompson