Three prints hang side by side. From left to right: a pastel person-like shape next to the Mona Lisa and the American flag; various dark handprints that overlap; and a coffee can holding paintbrushes.

From left to right: Jasper Johns, The Seasons (Summer), 1987, intaglio on paper, 26 ¼ × 19 ⅛ in., ed. 3/73; Jasper Johns, Skin with O'Hara Poem, 1963–1965, lithograph on paper, 22 × 34 in., ed. 6/30; Jasper Johns, Savarin, 1977, lithograph on paper, 45 ½ × 34 in., ed. 3/50. All works from Collection Walker Art Center, Gift of Judy and Kenneth Dayton, 1988. © Jasper Johns and U.L.A.E./VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY, Published by Universal Limited Art Editions

An Art of Changes: Jasper Johns Prints, 1960–2018

Heinz Galleries

When Jasper Johns’s paintings of flags and targets debuted in 1958, they brought him instant acclaim and established him as a critical link between Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art. In the ensuing 60 years, he has continued to astonish viewers with the beauty and complexity of his paintings, drawings, sculptures, and prints. Today, Jasper Johns is widely considered one of America’s most influential artists.

An Art of Changes is a rare opportunity to survey six decades of Johns’s work in printmaking through a selection of some 90 works in intaglio, lithography, woodcut, linoleum cut, screenprinting, and lead relief. Organized in four thematic, roughly chronological sections, the exhibition follows Johns as he revises and recycles key motifs over time. Viewers will see examples of his familiar flags and targets as well as images that explore artists’ tools, materials, and techniques of mark-making; abstract works based on motifs known as flagstones and hatch marks; and later works that teem with autobiographical and personal imagery.

An Art of Changes: Jasper Johns Prints, 1960–2018 is organized by the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Major support is provided by Judy Dayton and the Prospect Creek Foundation. Additional support is provided by Robert and Rebecca Pohlad and Annette and John Whaley.

The exhibition is curated by Joan Rothfuss, guest curator, Visual Arts, Walker Art Center. Carnegie Museum of Art’s presentation is organized by Eric Crosby, the Henry J. Heinz II Acting Director and Richard Armstrong Senior Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art.

Exhibition Images

Two American Jasper Johns flags side by side, the left one brighter and cleaner, and the right one dingier and yellowed
A colorblocked print showing a large, semi-translucent figure seven and the Mona Lisa face below it
A black and white target made of lines and fuzzy dots
A sidewayas American flag with a figure in front of it, casting a shadow
A colorful target on a colorful backdrop, which is dripping down the page


Major support for this exhibition is provided by The Virginia Kaufman Fund, the James H. and Idamae B Rich Art Exhibition Endowment, the Bernard S. & Barbara F. Mars Fund, and the Martin G McGuinn Art Exhibition Fund.