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The Drawings of Jasper Johns.

THE DRAWINGS OF JASPER JOHNS. Nan Rosenthal and Ruth E. Fine. New York: Thames and Hudson, 1990. Illustrated, 294 pp., hardbound. $60.00.

In 1953, when he was in his early twenties, Johns decided to stop "becoming" an artist and "be one." This sizable publication, with 340 illustrations, 140 of which are in color, and 5 fold-outs, presents a graphic record of Johns' drawings from the mid-fifties through the late eighties. The reader will note an extraordinary range of media, including graphite pencil, charcoal, pastel, chalk, crayon, pen and ink, silverpoint and watercolor wash. In addition to discussions of hundreds of his drawings, each insightful essay deals as much with the drawing process as with Johns. Highly recommended.
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Author:Baker, David
Publication:School Arts
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Oct 1, 1990
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