This past weekend, I took my family to the National Gallery of Art here in Washington, D.C., where they currently have two Jasper Johns exhibitions. Of course, Jasper Johns is one of the most influential American artists of the postwar era and one of the greatest graphic artists of the 21st Century. His paintings, sculptures, prints and lithographs are remarkable, inspiring thought and deriving meaning through the use of conventional symbols and, in his words, "things the mind already knows." His painting Flag is perhaps his most famous. The entire exhibition is tremendous and memorable...and certainly worth a detour if you're passing through Washington!
Jasper John's Exhibitions at the National Gallery of Art:
States and Variations: Prints by Jasper Johns
March 11–October 28 , 2007
East Building, Upper Level, North West
Jasper Johns: An Allegory of Painting, 1955–1965
January 28–April 29, 2007
East Building, Upper Level, North Bridge, and Mezzanine