New York

Jasper Johns

Leo Castelli

Jasper Johns’ latest exhibition was entitled “The Seasons” and consisted of four similarly sized paintings, as well as related drawings, watercolors, and prints, done in 1985 and 1986. All the works are very personal transformations of the imagery of a painting by Pablo Picasso, The Minotaur Moves His House, 1936. Johns’ “house” is his horde of images, which he must find ways to make new and useful. In the early ’80s, Johns started introducing new images into his lexicon; at the same time, in the compositions’ shallow allegorical space, one could see his work beginning to establish a coherent, antagonistic relationship to his earlier work. This has been Johns’ way since he went from the tight painting of Target, 1958, to the gestural painting of Device Circle, 1959.

In terms of subject, these new paintings embody a further exploration of the implications suggested in Johns’ 1983 painting

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