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In the place where I was a child, there were no artists and there was no art, so I really didn’t know what that meant.…
My experience of life is that it’s very fragmented; certain kinds of things happen, and in another place, a different kind of thing occurs. I…
I was raised in South Carolina; I wasn’t aware of any art in South Carolina. There was a minor museum in Charleston, which had nothing…
I’m not sure what ‘coming out right’ means. It often means that what you do holds a kind of energy that you wouldn’t just put…
At first I had some idea that the absence of color made the work more physical. Early on I was very involved with the notion…
This image of wanting to be an artist – that I would in some way become an artist -was very strong. I knew for a…
What you might consider a bad work can be of extreme interest to an artist in ways which are not about its being a good…
Whatever I do seems artificial and false, to me.
Sometimes I see it and then paint it. Other times I paint it and then see it. Both are impure situations, and I prefer neither.
One wants one’s work to be the world, but of course it’s never the world. The work is in the world; it never contains the…
In the place where I was a child, there were no artists and there was no art, so I really didn’t know what that meant.
One likes to think that one anticipates changes in the spaces we inhabit, and our ideas about space.
I think a painting should include more experience than simply intended statement.
I often find that having an idea in my head prevents me from doing something else. Working is therefore a way of getting rid of…
I never wish for critics.
I don’t know how to organise thoughts. I don’t know how to have thoughts.
I love drawings, so I’ve always enjoyed making drawings that exist on their own.
The thing is, if you believe in the unconscious – and I do – there’s room for all kinds of possibilities that I don’t know…
The only logical thing I can think of is that I knew there were such things as artists, and I knew there were none where…
I am not strong on perfection.
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