Jasper Johns is one of most influential American artists of the 20th century. He painted symbols like numbers and flags, things that were ordinary, things that, in his words, existed as clear facts “not involving an aesthetic hierarchy.” This radical vision led to the art movements known as minimalism and pop art.
Johns grew up in South Carolina, spending much of his childhood right here in Columbia. He attended USC for a few semesters before moving to New York. Johns never forgot his home state, and in 1999 he gave the CMA 39 works from his personal collection. Some are by Johns himself; others are by artists he admired, like Josef Albers, Marcel Duchamp, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, and Andy Warhol. This unique exhibition provides insight into the mind of South Carolina’s most famous artistic son.