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Two or Three Things I Don’t Know About Jasper Johns

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The work of Jasper Johns is the subject of numerous art-historical investigations, none of which will be addressed during this one-of-a-kind event. Join us for a slide-illustrated afternoon of poetry, anecdotes, and personal explorations of Johns’ work by one of his friends and collaborators, art historian/poet David Shapiro. Inspired by Johns’ work since the age of 15, Shapiro has written numerous poems based on the artist’s oeuvre as well as the first critical book on Johns’ drawings, Jasper Johns Drawings, 1954-1984. His poetry volumes include Lateness, To an Idea, House (Blown Apart), After a Lost Original, and A Burning Interior. He has authored books on artists Jim Dine and Piet Mondrian, and edited Uncontrollable Beauty, a book on aesthetics. Shapiro’s poetry, translations, and art and literary criticism have appeared in The New Yorker, The Partisan Review, and The Paris Review. He is a tenured faculty member in the art history department of William Patterson University.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Past Things and Present: Jasper Johns since 1983.