Jasper Johns

Seeing with the Mind's Eye

Jasper Johns

Jasper Johns, Highway, 1959; private collection; © Jasper Johns/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

Jasper Johns

Jasper Johns, 0 through 9, 1960; charcoal on paper; collection of the artist ; © Jasper Johns / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Jasper Johns

Jasper Johns, Figure 7, from Color Numeral Series, 1969; color lithograph, A.P. VII/XI, ed. of 40; published by Gemini G.E.L.; The Doris and Donald Fisher Collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; © Jasper Johns and Gemini G.E.L. / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Jasper Johns

Jasper Johns, Flags, 1967-68; color lithograph, ed. 15/43; Published by ULAE; private collection; © Jasper Johns and ULAE / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Jasper Johns

Jasper Johns, Land's End, 1963; oil on canvas with wood; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, gift of Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson; © Jasper Johns / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY; photo: Ben Blackwell

Jasper Johns

Jasper Johns, Light Bulb II, 1958; Sculp-metal; collection of the artist; © Jasper Johns / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

November 03, 2012 - February 03, 2013

For nearly 60 years, Jasper Johns has found new ways to explore, as he once put it, "how we see and why we see the way we do." This major exhibition — the artist's first Bay Area museum survey in 35 years — represents the full range of his career, from his tremendously influential renderings of numbers, flags, and other motifs in the 1950s and 1960s to vibrant recent work. It both reveals the scope of Johns's achievement and reflects the particular interest in his art in the Bay Area, bringing together for the first time works from SFMOMA and other local public and private collections as well as several key works lent by the artist himself. With some 90 paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints, this is a rich overview of Johns's art — an invitation to look closely, and look again.


Jasper Johns: Seeing with the Mind's Eye is organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Presenting support is provided by the Mimi and Peter Haas Fund and the Evelyn D. Haas Exhibition Fund.

Mimi and Peter Paas Fund Evelyn D. Haas Exhibition Fund

Premier corporate support is generously provided by Bank of America.

Major support is provided by Martha and Bruce Atwater and The James C. Hormel and Michael P. Nguyen Endowment Fund.

Generous support is provided by Dr. Nancy Ascher and Dr. John Roberts, Christopher Bass, Gay-Lynn and Robert Blanding, Jean and James E. Douglas Jr., Patricia W. Fitzpatrick, Marissa Mayer and Zachary Bogue, Ann and Robert S. Fisher, and Thomas W. Weisel and Janet Barnes.

The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.