Jasper Johns was born in 1930 in Augusta, Georgia, and raised in South Carolina.
He briefly attended the University of South Carolina at Columbia, before moving to New York in late 1948, where he attended the Parsons School of Design for a semester. In 1953, after completing two years military service, he settled in New York where he met and became friends with the artist Robert Rauschenberg, composer John Cage and choreographer Merce Cunningham. He made his first Flag, Target and Number paintings in 1954 and 1955. In 1958 he had his first one-man exhibition at the Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, which won him immediate recognition. Johns’ concern for and interest in process led him to printmaking. Since 1960 he has made over 300 prints, his innovations in screen printing, lithography, and etching revolutionising the field. He is regarded as one the greatest living printmakers.
The subject of countless solo exhibitions worldwide, Johns work is also held in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the Kunstmuseum Basel; the National Museum of Stockholm, Sweden; Städtische Galerie, Frankfurt and Tate, London.
Johns currently lives and works in Connecticut.
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