The Condition of Being Here

Drawings by Jasper Johns

David Breslin

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November 6, 2018
112 pages, 7 1/2 x 9 1/2
54 color illus.
ISBN: 9780300229301
PB-Flexibound

Distributed for The Menil Collection

Arguably the most important living artist in America, Jasper Johns (b. 1930) has been a leading advocate of drawing as an artistic genre in its own right, not just a preparatory medium for other works. This catalogue brings together 41 of Johns’s drawings, spanning more than 60 years of his illustrious career and, beginning in 1954, the origin of his mature practice. It encompasses his most famous recurring motifs, including flags, targets, and numbers, and an essay by David Breslin contextualizes this reiterative aspect of Johns’s career. Exquisite reproductions and large-scale details reveal the touch and process of this master draftsman, imparting to the reader a feeling of being in close contact with the artist himself. As this intimate book shows, Johns’s art, at once simple and enigmatic, is above all a meditation on the world around him, a constant investigation of what he calls “the condition of being here.”

David Breslin is the curator and director of the collection at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and the former John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation Curator of Drawings at the Menil Collection.
 

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The Menil Collection, Houston
(11/03/18–01/27/19)

Juan Muñoz at the Clark

Introduction by Carmen Giménez; With an essay by David Bres

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Make It New

Abstract Painting from the National Gallery of Art, 1950–1975

Harry Cooper; With contributions by David Breslin and Matt

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Raw Color

The Circles of David Smith

Edited by David Breslin; With essays by Michael Brenson, Da

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As Essential as Dreams

Self-Taught Art from the Collection of Stephanie and John Smither

Michelle White; With contributions by Lynne Adele, Brooke D

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Art History and Emergency

Crises in the Visual Arts and Humanities

Edited by David Breslin and Darby English

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David Wojnarowicz

History Keeps Me Awake at Night

David Breslin and David Kiehl; With contributions by Julie

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Menil Drawing Institute Series
Think of Them as Spaces

Brice Marden's Drawings

Kelly Montana; With an interview between Josef Helfenstein

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Roni Horn

When I Breathe, I Draw

Michelle White

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