The latest curatorial partnership between Whitechapel Gallery, London and The Gallery at Windsor features one of the most significant and influential American artists of our time, Jasper Johns.
In dialogue with the artist Robert Rauschenberg and his friends the composer John Cage and choreographer Merce Cunningham, Johns evolved a new language in art in the 1960s. As all four artists became immersed in dance and performance, the body itself entered Johns’ work, at first as fragments, but more recently the whole body appeared as a shadow or silhouette flitting through his lithographs and etchings. Johns’ prints overlay images and textures to stress process, and at the same time reflect the way our consciousness overlaps memory and perception.
This publication features an essay by Iwona Blazwick 0–9 uses of the body, in which Johns’ interest in the body is explored through ideas such as form, sign, being, performance, memory and icon. The illustrated plate section contains all 30 works in the exhibition. There is a Q&A between Candy Stobbs and Director of ULAE, Bill Goldston which looks at the historic art of printmaking and the longstanding creative relationship between Jasper Johns and ULAE. Also included is a section of archival images from ULAE which includes historic portraits of Jasper Johns and his contemporaries.