Jasper Johns: ‘Something Resembling Truth’
賈斯培·瓊斯:近似真相之物


Royal Academy of Arts
23 September-10 October 2017

Painting with Two Balls, 1960 © Jasper Johns

The Royal Academy of Arts presents an exhibition of the Honorary Royal Academician, Jasper Johns. Jasper Johns: ‘Something Resembling Truth’ is the first comprehensive survey of the artist’s work to be held in the UK in 40 years. The exhibition comprises over 150 works including sculpture, drawings and prints, together with new work from the artist. Johns is recognised as one of the most significant and influential artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and the exhibition will span over 60 years from his early career, right up to the present time.

Widely known for his iconic images of flags, targets, numbers, maps and light bulbs, Johns has occupied a central position in American contemporary art since his arrival in New York in the 1950s. By 1955 his use of accessible and familiar motifs established a new vocabulary in painting. Johns’ treatment of iconography and the appropriation of objects and symbols made the familiar unfamiliar, achieving this through the distinctive, complex textures of his works. Through his ground-breaking paintings and sculptures, Johns established a decisive new direction in an art world that had previously been dominated by Abstract Expressionism.

Jasper Johns: ‘Something Resembling Truth’ reveals the continuities and changes that have occurred over the past six decades, and the curiosity and experimentation that Johns continues to apply to his current practice. The exhibition is arranged thematically, encompassing the full range of Johns’ materials, motifs and techniques including his unique use of encaustic (heated beeswax) and collage in paintings, and the innovations he has achieved in sculpture and the graphic arts by expanding the possibilities of traditional media. The title of the exhibition comes from a statement by Johns in 2006: ‘One hopes for something resembling truth, some sense of life, even of grace, to flicker, at least, in the work.’

英國皇家美術學會將為榮譽皇家院士賈斯培·瓊斯舉辦展覽《賈斯培·瓊斯:近似真相之物》。這是英國40年來首次為瓊斯的作品進行全面的梳理。該展覽將展出包括雕塑、繪畫以及版畫作品等逾150件重要作品,其中還包括其最新的作品。瓊斯被認為是二十及二十一世紀最重要、最具影響力的藝術家之一,他過去60年的創作,從藝術生涯起始到最新的創作都將在展覽中呈現。

瓊斯最廣為人知的代表圖像有旗子、靶子、數字、地圖和燈泡。自1950年代來到紐約後,他便是美國當代藝術的中心人物。到1955年,他採用唾手可得的日常圖像給繪畫藝術帶來了新語言。他對圖像進行處理,對物品和符號進行挪用,通過作品中獨特而復雜的結構,讓熟悉的東西變得陌生。通過開創性的繪畫和雕塑,瓊斯在藝術世界中開闢了關鍵性的新方向,一改此前抽象表現主義領頭的局面。

《賈斯培·瓊斯:近似真相之物》揭示了過去六十年藝術世界裡的變遷與發展,也揭示了瓊斯一直在作品中秉持著好奇和實驗的精神。該展覽按照主題進行策展,例如瓊斯所採用的材料、圖形和技巧,其中包括他對蠟彩獨特的使用方法,在繪畫中採用拼貼,通過拓寬傳統媒介可能性在雕塑和圖形藝術中所採用的創新方法等等。展覽的標題來自瓊斯2006年的一份聲明:“人們總是希望有近似真相之物的存在,表現生命,傳達優雅,至少在藝術作品裡能留下吉光片羽”。

 

展覽場地:英国皇家藝術學會
展覽時間:2017年9月23日至10月10日
更多信息:www.royalacademy.org.uk