Midcentury Masters: Jasper Johns’ Gifts to the CMA

November 16, 2018 - February 24, 2019

Jasper Johns is one of most influential American artists of the 20th century. He painted symbols like numbers and flags, things that were ordinary. This radical vision led to the art movements known as Minimalism and Pop Art. Johns spent much of his childhood right here in Columbia. He never forgot his home state, and in 1999 he gave the CMA 39 works from his personal collection. Some are by Johns himself; others are by artists he admired, like Josef Albers, Marcel Duchamp, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, and Andy Warhol.