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November 12, 2016

When Jasper Johns met Edvard Munch

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A new show —"Jasper Johns & Edvard Munch: Love, Loss & The Cycle of Life"— opens today at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond.

Its MacGuffin is that Jasper Johns' recurring crosshatch motif (above, left, in "Between the Clock and the Bed," 1983), came from Munch's painting "Self-Portrait: Between the Clock and the Bed" (1940-43; above right).

I don't believe it.

Twenty or thirty years ago I read a profile of Johns (I think in the New Yorker) in which he told the interviewer that the first time he saw the crosshatch motif that sparked his subsequent paintings of same was on a freeway in L.A., where it appeared on the side of what appeared to be a gangbanger's car that was in the next lane.

You decide.

November 12, 2016 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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November 12, 2016 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)

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