Object of Fascination

The Broad gives living legend Jasper Johns a landmark exhibition in Los Angeles

Written by Jenn Thornton |  Photography Courtesy of The Broad


The artistic experimentations of Jasper Johns has resulted in six decades worth of work critical to contemporary American art, with Johns one of its most revered and influential figures. Now, The Broad is taking on Johns with an all-embracing exhibition of his oeuvre: Jasper Johns: ‘Something Resembling Truth’.

Jasper Johns, Summer, 1985. Encaustic on canvas. 190.5 x 127 cm. Museum of Modern Art, New York Art © Jasper Johns/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. © 2017. Digital image, The Museum of Modern Art, New York / Scala, Florence

Named for words Johns spoke during an interview, this comprehensive survey was organized by its first exhibitor, the Royal Academy of Arts, London, in collaboration with The Broad—the only U.S. venue to host it.

Jasper Johns, Fool’s House, 1961–62. Oil on canvas with broom, sculptural towel, stretcher and cup, 182.9 x 92.5 x 11.4 cm. Private collection Art © Jasper Johns / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Opening Feb. 10, the exhibition is expected to draw scores of art lovers and admirers and will display 100-plus pieces of Johns’ work. Included will be his most essential paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings, some never previously shown in L.A. His use of materials, motifs and techniques will also be examined.

Jasper Johns, Untitled, 1975. Oil and encaustic on canvas (four panels). 50 1/8 x 50 1/8 in. (127.32 x 127.32 cm). The Eli and Edythe L. Broad Collection Art © Jasper Johns / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Featuring works from The Broad’s collection, loans from international private and public collectors, even Johns himself, the exhibition is shaping up to be as seminal and compelling as its subject—an object lesson in artistic engagement and innovation.

Jasper Johns, Flag, 1967. Encaustic and collage on canvas (three panels). 33 1/2 x 56 1/4 in. (85.09 x 142.88 cm). The Eli and Edythe L. Broad Collection Art © Jasper Johns / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

For Johns—and Los Angeles—it is the moment of ‘Truth’.

The Broad

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Los Angeles, CA 90012


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