black, white, and greys; ten vertical rectangular sections with imagery including standing silhouettes of figures, rabbit's head, Mona Lisa, seahorse, geometric shapes, leaves and bricks, handled cups, snowman silhouette, and handprints

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The Seasons, 1989

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For Jasper Johns, the familiar objects and signs of everyday life are ideal subjects for art. It was a radical notion in the mid-1950s, when he and other young artists rejected the emotionally-charged gestural abstraction of the previous generation. Experimenting with mundane subjects such as flags, targets, maps, letters, and numerals, Johns chose these familiar and conventional motifs as a way to negate the expressive or psychological qualities of his subject matter, presenting them as formal and conceptual entities designed to elicit contemplation. In his 1989 print The Seasons, Johns creates an amalgam of symbolic imagery that suggests the experiences and feelings associated with the fleeting change of seasons, corresponding to the rhythm of life.

Details
Title
The Seasons
Artist Life
born 1930
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2018.104.7
Provenance
Robert B. Mersky, Minneapolis; given to MIA, 2018.
Catalogue Raisonne
ULAE 244
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black, white, and greys; ten vertical rectangular sections with imagery including standing silhouettes of figures, rabbit's head, Mona Lisa, seahorse, geometric shapes, leaves and bricks, handled cups, snowman silhouette, and handprints

Art © Jasper Johns / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

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