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Sep 252012

JASPER JOHNS, Red Yellow Blue, 2012
178 x 153 cm / 60 x 70 inches, beach towel
Art Production Fund: Works On Whatever, New York, USA              $ 95.-  September 2012

Jasper Johns’s sense of the distinction between saying and showing produced a memorable declaration: ‘When you begin to work with the idea of suggesting, say, a particular psychological state of affairs, you have eliminated so much from the process of painting that you make an artificial statement which is, I think, not desirable. I think one has to work with everything and accept the kind of statement which results as unavoidable, or as a helpless situation. I think that most art which begins to make a statement fails to make a statement because the methods used are too schematic or too artificial. I think that one wants from painting a sense of life. The final suggestion, the final statement, has to be not a deliberate statement but a helpless statement.’