Review Round Up: Jasper Johns, Royal Academy of Arts

The Royal Academy of Arts presents the first comprehensive survey of the artist’s career in the UK for forty years. Here, Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews… 

The Guardian: *** “His relationships with Robert Rauschenberg, Merce Cunningham and John Cage fed his thinking. They were all in it together. It is a pity that this retrospective – which presents us with over 60 years of paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints – doesn’t make more of this.”

The Independent: **** “Jasper Johns is the wiliest of old tricksters”

Evening Standard: ***** “this show is unmissable, with some of the most brilliant, tough, witty, unforgettable works of the 20th century.”

Culture Whisper: **** “Jasper Johns: Something Resembling Truth is long, very long, but it’s insightful, and the most comprehensive overview of his work this side of the pond for the last 40 years.”

The Telegraph: ***** “Certainly, it’s tricky to write about without sounding pretentious. Which is why Johns, who loves poetry, and often plays with language, is not, himself, a writer, but a visual artist capable of glimpsing, in his own words, “something resembling truth”. We may employ a different phrase, and say that he taps, rapturously, into something divine.”

The Arts Desk: “Johns is a master mark-maker in whatever medium he chooses, transforming the familiar, often shockingly, into the exotic, ablaze with a meditative intelligence. Just go – and enjoy.”

The Quietus: “This is a retrospective spanning six decades and with some 150 paintings and sculptures. But it still manages to exclude some key works, and not just the collaborations but some of Johns’ paintings, those mysterious Target paintings, for instance, that include compartmentalised casts of his own body parts and that of others.”

Jasper Johns: ‘Something Resembling Truth’ is on display at the Royal Academy of Arts until the 10th December 2017. For more information and to book tickets visit:

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