Jasper Johns at Royal Academy London
Inside the mind of a great American painter
An American flag. A target . A sequence of numbers .
Are these simple subjects for a simple painter ? Not at all .
Since the 1950s, When Jasper Johns (born in 1930) Develops a unique language using familiar themes, his vision is so powerful did paintings of targets, numbers or flags have now become Synonymous with none other than ... Jasper Johns .
In 1969 he explained his choices: " I'm interested in the idea of sight, in the use of the eye .
I'm interested in how we see and why .
He also refers to the "Things the mind already knows" .
As an artist Jasper Johns is conceptual, cerebral, and analytical, with a choice of subjects that sometimes recalls Pop art .
But Roberta Bernstein , a co-curator of the exceptional exhibition, has just returned to the Royal Academy in London before it is due in February, rejects the last categorization.
She emphasizes that Johns is a true painter who has no desire to simulate the workings of machines or technology in his creations.
The exhibition, which features 150 artworks , is remarkably conceived in that it is very explicitly merges themes and chronology.