Jasper Johns

Leeds Art Gallery

The relatively small and nondescript city of Leeds, situated in England’s industrial north, might not sound like the kind of place where you would find the first ever exhibition of Jasper Johns’ sculpture, yet, particularly where sculpture is concerned, Leeds has a distinguished past and an increasingly active present.

Not only does the City Art Gallery have the finest collection of 20th-century British sculpture outside the Tate, but three years ago, the Henry Moore Foundation built the Centre for the Study of Sculpture next door, where the Johns exhibition was generated. The show itself actually took place in a small mezzanine gallery above the CAG’s permanent display of maquettes—an interesting ploy, given the awkward facture and graspable scale of so much of Johns’ sculpture. However, whereas traditional maquettes tend to serve as a sculptor’s sketches, a vehicle for the expression

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