Jasper Johns: Regrets - The Courtauld Institute of Art

Jasper Johns: Regrets

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“A major art world event...What makes this small show so rewarding is a sense of joining a modern master on a profound visual journey.”

The Evening Standard,

“Half-hidden rainbow colors, tonal subtleties and a mesmerizing diversity of line”

The New York Times,


From 12 September to 14 December 2014, The Courtauld Gallery displayed major new works by Jasper Johns, one of the world’s greatest living artists.

Regrets was a haunting series of ten paintings and drawings inspired by an old photograph of Lucian Freud posing in Francis Bacon’s London studio.

Johns transformed the image by copying, mirroring and doubling it. Unexpectedly, the form of a skull emerged in his new composition, like an apparition.

Johns reworked the subject in a variety of media, creating works that can be experienced as a profound meditation on mortality, creativity and memory.

This exhibition was based upon one originally organised by The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Supported by

The Garcia Family Foundation

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