Jasper Johns. Map. 1961

Jasper Johns

Map

1961

Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
6' 6" x 10' 3 1/8" (198.2 x 314.7 cm)
Credit
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Scull
Object number
277.1963
Copyright
© 2017 Jasper Johns / Licensed by VAGA, New York
Department
Painting and Sculpture
This work is not on view.
Jasper Johns has 338 works online.
There are 2,326 paintings online.

Reflecting on his choice of easily recognizable images, Johns said that he was interested in "the idea of knowing an image rather than just seeing it out of the corner of your eye." The map of the United States, in its ubiquity and iconicity, is "seen and not looked at, not examined." Preserving the overall proportions of the country and the shape of its states, Johns's energetic application of paint subverts the conventions of cartography, as do the stenciled names of states, such as Colorado, which is repeated in several locations. Map invites close inspection because its content is both familiar and imaginary.

Gallery label from 2007

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