Celebrating Jasper Johns
“Do something, do something to that, and then do something to that.” - Jasper Johns
One of American’s greatest and most influential living artists, Jasper Johns celebrates his 83rd Birthday today. Born in Georgia, he soon moved to New York City, where he met artists Robert Rauschenberg, Merce Cunningham, and John Cage, all of whom profoundly influenced each other.
The relationships of these artists were recently explored in our landmark exhibition Dancing Around the Bride now being shown with great acclaim at the Barbican Centre, London. However, you can still catch works by Jasper Johns right here in Philadelphia. Gallery 171 has been dedicated to Johns since the 70’s and Gallery 182 includes works by both Duchamp and Johns. Honor his birthday with a trip to the Museum!
“Guardian Angel,” 18th century, Cuzco, Peru
Explore New York collectors Roberta and Richard Huber’s sumptuous display of Spanish and Portuguese colonial art in “Journeys to New Worlds,” on view in the Perelman Building through May 19: http://bit.ly/Z5yGhZ
“Great and Might” artist of the day: Elijah Pierce. A licensed preacher, professional barber, and prolific woodcarver, Pierce is known for his “sermons in wood,” colorful relief panels depicting biblical scenes, cultural figures, and images of American life, which he displayed in his barbershop in Columbus, Ohio. For more on Pierce and the 26 other artists in the exhibition “Great and Mighty Things,” visit http://bit.ly/YzG3eO
“‘Love’ (Martin Luther King, Jr.),” date unknown
Feeling good at 90: Spry soon-to-be-nonagenarian Ellsworth Kelly enjoys a moment with Carlos Basualdo, The Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Curator of Contemporary Art, in the Museum’s newest installation, Homage to Ellsworth Kelly, in galleries 172 and 175.
Background image: “Red Yellow Blue White,” 1952, by Ellsworth Kelly © Ellsworth Kelly
Art Talk this Wednesday night: Donna Corbin, Associate Curator of European Decorative Arts, discusses three of her favorite objects from important seventeenth- and eighteenth-century commissions: http://bit.ly/ZSQjRq
“Nanny Goat,” c. 1732, made in Meissen, Germany
“Self-Portrait,” c. 1978 (negative); 2003 (print), Samuel Foss
© Samuel Fosso, Courtesy JM Patras/Paris