Jasper Johns: Gray

Jasper Johns: Gray

Hardback Art Institute of Chicago

By (author) James Rondeau, By (author) Douglas Druick, Contributions by Mark Pascale, Contributions by Richard Shiff, Contributions by Kristin Lister, Contributions by Kelly Keegan, Contributions by Barbara Rose, Contributions by Nan Rosenthal


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  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 249mm x 320mm x 28mm | 2,291g
  • Publication date: 28 November 2007
  • Publication City/Country: New Haven
  • ISBN 10: 0300119496
  • ISBN 13: 9780300119497
  • Illustrations note: 25 b&w illustrations and 250 colour images
  • Sales rank: 746,672

Product description

Jasper Johns (b. 1930), one of today's most acclaimed and influential artists, is rarely considered in relation to monochromatic art. Yet single-colour experimentations have figured prominently in his productions since 1955, and within that significant subset of his work, the majority of monochromes are grey. In fact, every one of his iconic, serialized forms has been articulated in grey. This elegant book, spanning Johns' full career, examines this singular preoccupation, presenting a revolutionary new understanding of and appreciation for the artist as an accomplished tonalist. Johns' greys traverse an infinitely expressive spectrum of differentiated hues and values evident in the new photography expressly commissioned for this catalogue. The volume features paintings, sculptures, drawings, lithographs, silkscreens, etchings, and aquatints created in a wide array of grey media: oil and acrylic paint, encaustic, collage, Sculp-metal, aluminum, lead, silver, graphite, pastel, watercolour, and ink. This book also features recent works published here for the first time. Anchoring this essential publication are compelling essays that enrich our perspective on this prolific artist's entire oeuvre.

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Author information

James Rondeau is Frances and Thomas Dittmer Chair, Department of Contemporary Art, The Art Institute of Chicago. Douglas Druick is Prince Trust Chair, Department of Prints and Drawings, and Searle Chair, Department of Medieval through Modern European Painting and Sculpture, The Art Institute of Chicago. Mark Pascale is associate curator of prints and drawings, The Art Institute of Chicago. Richard Shiff is professor in the Department of Art and Art History, The University of Texas at Austin. Kristin Lister is conservator of painting and Kelly Keegan is assistant conservator of paintings, both at the Art Institute of Chicago. Barbara Rose is an independent scholar and a well-known critic of post-war American art. Nan Rosenthal is senior consultant, Department of Nineteenth-Century, Modern, and Contemporary Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.