PRINT March 1965

An Interview with Jasper Johns

Walter Hopps

Q. JASPER, FROM WHAT POINT IN YOUR LIFE would you date the beginnings of your career, your sense that you were an artist, or going to be an artist?

A. Going to be an artist since childhood. Until about 1953 when it occurred to me that there was a difference between going to be and being, and I decided I shouldn’t always be “going to be” an artist.

Q. And in 1953 were you then working in New York or were you still in the South?

A. I was in New York.

Q. Some of the earlier works such as the small green piece that’s in the showing at the museum, did you do that when you were in New York or outside of