About This Artwork

Jasper Johns
American, born 1930

Corpse and Mirror II, 1974/75

Oil on linen (four panels), with painted frame
146.4 x 191.1 cm (57 5/8 x 75 1/4 in.), framed
Not inscribed on recto

Lent by the artist, 7.1976

Art © Jasper Johns/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

New York, Leo Castelli Gallery, “Jasper Johns,” January 24–February 14, 1976, no cat.

Art Institute of Chicago, “72nd American Exhibition,” March 13–May 9, 1976, cat. 19 (ill.).

Kassel, “Documenta VI,” June 24–October 2, 1977, vol. 1, p. 90.

New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, “Jasper Johns,” October 17, 1977–January 22, 1978, cat. by Michael Crichton; traveled to Cologne, Museum Ludwig, February 10–March 26, 1978, Paris, Centre Georges Pompidou, Musée National d’Art Moderne, April 18–June 4, 1978, London, Hayward Gallery, June 21–July 30, 1978, Tokyo, Seibu Museum of Art, August 19–September 26, 1978, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, October 20–December 10, 1978, cat. 156, pl. 163 (color ill.). For a discussion of “Corpse and Mirror,”1974, see pp. 60–61; rev. ed. (1994), p. 95 (ill.), pl. 163 (color ill.).

New York, Museum of Modern Art, “Jasper Johns: A Retrospective,” October 20, 1996–January 21, 1997, cat. by Kirk Varnedoe; traveled to Cologne, Museum Ludwig, March 8–June 1, 1997, Tokyo, Museum of Contemporary Art, June 28–August 17, 1997, pp. 275–77, pl. 158 (color ill.). For a discussion of Johns’ crosshatch paintings, see p. 269.

Basel, Fondation Beyeler, “Jasper Johns: Loans From The Artist,” October 21, 1997–February 15, 1998, cat. 11 (color ill.).

Richmond, Virginia, "Spotlight Loan," Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, June 1–September 21, 2008

Publication History

Thomas B. Hess, “On the Scent of Jasper Johns,” “New York Magazine” (February 9, 1976), n.pag., repr. in Susan Brundage, ed., “Jasper Johns, 35 Years: Leo Castelli” (Harry N. Abrams, 1993), n.pag.

Robert Hughes, “Pictures at an Inhibition,” “Time” (October 31, 1977), p. 86 (color ill.), as “Corpse and Mirror, 1976.”

Richard Francis, “Jasper Johns,” Modern Masters 7 (Abbeville Press, 1984), pp. 86, 88, fig. 92 (ill.). For a general discussion of Johns’ crosshatch paintings, see pp. 85–91.

Charles Harrison and Fred Orton, “Jasper Johns: ‘Meaning What You See,’” “Art History” 7, 1 (March 1984), pp. 78, 89, pl. 36 (ill.).

Nan Rosenthal and Ruth E. Fine, “The Drawings of Jasper Johns,” exh. cat. (National Gallery of Art/Thames and Hudson, 1990), pp. 226, 228, 230, 232, fig. 69a (ill.).

Richard Shiff, “Constructing Physicality,” “Art Journal” 50, 1 (Spring 1991), pp. 46–47, fig. 4 (ill.).

Stephen Paul Miller, “‘Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror,’ the Watergate Affair, and Johns’s Crosshatch Paintings: Surveillance and Reality-Testing in the Mid-Seventies,” “Boundary 2” 20, 2 (Summer 1993), p. 113.

Fred Orton, “Figuring Jasper Johns” (Harvard University Press, 1994), pp. 9, 188, 192, 195, fig. 64 (ill.).

Ownership History

On extended loan from the artist to the Art Institute since 1976.

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