What has Jasper Johns done for us lately?

What has Johns done for us lately?  Pretty much what he did for us in the first place: he continually disrupts the mental shorthand that converts complex visual experience into simpler mental categories, with all their buttressing opinions, received wisdom, and personal preferences.  In a world (including the art world) where “visuals” are used to simplify arguments and kindle beliefs, Johns reminds us that doubling, bifurcation, and uncertainty are the terms of vision itself.

That is from Susan Tallman in the New York Review of Books.  Happy New Year everybody!


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