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States and Variations: Prints by Jasper Johns

March 11 – October 28, 2007
East Building, Upper Level, Northwest

Jasper Johns, Flags I, 1973, screenprint on J.B. Green paper, Collection of Robert and Jane Meyerhoff, Published by Jasper Johns and Simca Print Artists, Inc. © Jasper Johns and Simca Print Artists, Inc./Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. 1994.82.8

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: Jasper Johns' 1969 portfolio 1st Etchings, 2nd State was on view in this exhibition together with additional works created by the artist before and after the portfolio. They included prints selected from the collection of the National Gallery of Art and loans from the artist. The presentation explored the evolution of the artist’s use of six motifs: ale cans, paint brushes, a flashlight, a light bulb, the American flag, and 0 through 9 (a series of superimposed numerals).

Public programs presented in association with this exhibition and Jasper Johns: An Allegory of Painting, 1955–1965 included an auditorium lecture series during March, a special film program of documentaries about Johns and his collaborations with musicians on March 10, and a public symposium on April 28. Teacher and school programs included high school and teacher workshops. Sunday concerts in February featured the work of composer John Cage and other contemporaries of Jasper Johns.

Organization: The exhibition was organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington. The curator was Ruth Fine, curator of special projects in modern art.

Sponsor: The exhibition was sponsored by The Exhibition Circle.

Attendance: 143,128

Brochure: States and Variations: Prints by Jasper Johns, by Ruth Fine. Washington DC: National Gallery of Art, 2007.

Johns, Jasper
American, 1930 -