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Jasper Johns 1981

Jasper Johns 1981

June 27, 2016

This Johns painting is called – “Between the Clock and the Bed”. It was produced at a time just before Johns moved from abstraction to figuration (the late 80s/early 90s). The exhibition’s premise is that Johns was very influenced by Munch – taking on similar issues of isolation and “Nordic” melancholy. The exhibition is superb and the scholarship is impeccable. The Munch artworks are owned by the Munch Museum. The substantial Johns works have been brought over from the US. This is a big-deal show in my book. While I have never been a fan of Edvard Munch – the last two days have challenged my biases. Munch was very important to Nordic painting and his influences obviously spread worldwide.