Houston

Land's End, 1982.

Land's End, 1982.

Houston

Jasper Johns

The Menil Collection
1533 Sul Ross Street
January 31–May 4, 2003

With the survey “Drawing Now” attracting attention at MoMA in fall 2002, the time is ripe for a fresh, full-career look at our own old-master draftsman. For the Menil Collection, curator and catalogue author Mark Rosenthal has assembled a jewel-box group of thirty works, many of them lent by the artist himself. Covering the years 1955 to 2001, the exhibition provides a concise, up-to-date counterpoint to the National Gallery’s more expansive 1990 take on the same subject. The chosen examples, though limited in number, survey the full range of Johns’s varied iconography and virtuoso technique, from finely rendered charcoal drawings to his lush use of ink on plastic.