Oil on canvas
Jasper Johns (American, born 1930)
Reflecting on his choice of easily recognizable images, Johns said that he was interested in "the i dea of knowing an image rather than just seeing it out of the corner of your eye." The map of the United States, in its ubiquity and iconicity, is "seen and not looked at, not examined." Preserving the overall proportions of the country and the shape of its states, John's energetic application of paint subverts the conventions of cartography as do the stenciled names of states, such as Colorado, which is repeated in several locations. Map invites close inspection because the content is both familiar and imaginary.
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Scull, 1983
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