Greater minds than yours have pondered the nuances, subtleties, and mysteries of Jasper Johns' groundbreaking artwork over his 50-year career; a couple of them work at the Dallas Museum of Art, and another was hustled in to help explain the American master's latest exhibition of new paintings and drawings installed in the DMA's South Quadrant galleries. It's usually enough, many art lovers say, simply to look at art and respond to it in any way you choose. The art elite would urge you to do some research on the artist and his or her work before you view it. The populist approach to art works for Jasper Johns--you will find some way to relate to it without much study, but every shred of insight you can take with you to the DMA will help you enjoy it, marvel at it, and still leave you with an unsettling feeling that you have no idea what... More >>>
A view from the other side: Jasper Johns' "Bridge, 1997"