Jasper Johns (American, b. 1930), one of today’s most acclaimed and influential artists, is rarely considered in relation to monochromatic art. Yet single-color experimentations have figured prominently in his production since 1955, and within that significant subset of his work, the majority of monochromes are gray. In fact, every one of his iconic, serialized forms has been articulated in gray. In conjunction with the exhibition Jasper Johns: Gray, this catalogue, spanning Johns’s full career, examines this singular preoccupation, presenting a revolutionary new understanding of and appreciation for the artist as an accomplished tonalist.
The Art Institute of Chicago 2007