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Jasper Johns, “Flag” (1994), acrylic and graphite on canvas, The Eli and Edythe L. Broad Collection (art © Jasper Johns/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. Jamie Stukenberg, Professional Graphics, Rockford, Ill. © The Wildenstein Plattner Institute, New York, 2018)

How does the work of a significant living artist enter the canon, and how must the field of art become more inclusive when it comes to representing artistic legacies? Join BPL Presents for an evening with acclaimed contemporary artists as they discuss these challenging questions, on the occasion of the publication of American icon Jasper Johns’ catalogue raisonné.

In this two-part talk, we first delve into Jasper Johns’ work with catalogue contributor Caitlin Sweeney and then engage leading voices in the arts in a panel discussion. Painter and collagist William Villalongo makes work that explores Blackness and navigates the politics of historical erasure to reassess Western, American and African art histories. Pioneering contemporary artist and founder of Franklin Furnace, Martha Wilson has been diversifying representation in the field and making provocative feminist art for over four decades. Poet/ art critic/ curator John Yau has written The United States of Jasper Johns (1997) and A Thing Among Things: The Art of Jasper Johns (2008), among many other publications, and helps us wrestle with the complexity of Johns’ singular contributions.

This talk is free and open to the public. Reservations are required.

The evening is held in partnership with the Wildenstein Plattner Institute

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