October 11, 2009–April 4, 2010
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The exhibition includes approximately 45 proofs for lithographs, etchings, and screenprints that the artist expanded in a range of media, including pastel, ink, and paint. The works of art are installed in two galleries. The first features works from the 1960s and 1970s, highlighting motifs associated with Johns' art throughout his career, such as the alphabet, targets, and body parts. The second gallery introduces complex compositions from the 1980s and 1990s, among them autobiographical references such as family photographs and art objects owned by the artist. The works are selected from a collection of approximately 1,700 proofs for Johns' prints that he has maintained and carefully annotated over four decades. This extraordinary body of work has been acquired by the National Gallery of Art for its permanent collection.
Organization: Organized by the National Gallery of Art.