Near the Lagoon

Extremely large muddy gray painting, with three looping cords hanging at different lengths.
Art © Jasper Johns/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

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  • Extremely large muddy gray painting, with three looping cords hanging at different lengths.

Date:

2002

Artist:

Jasper Johns
American, born 1930

About this artwork

Jasper Johns has often affixed objects to the surfaces of his paintings in an ongoing search for non-illusionistic ways of mediating between the flat plane of the picture and a fully dimensional world. For his Catenary series (1997–2003), of which Near the Lagoon is the largest and last work, Johns formed catenaries—a term used to describe the curve assumed by a cord suspended freely from two points—by tacking ordinary household string to the canvas or its supports. In Near the Lagoon, the string activates and engages the abstract, collaged field of multitonal gray behind it, casting an actual shadow on the canvas, in addition to the painted ones that Johns rendered by hand; the string even creates a rut where the artist embedded it into and later pulled it out of the encaustic.

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Contemporary Art

Artist

Jasper Johns

Title

Near the Lagoon

Origin

United States

Date

2002–2003

Medium

Encaustic on canvas and wooden boards with objects

Inscriptions

Stenciled on bottom recto (paint in several colors): N J E A A S R P T E H R E J L O A H G N O S O 0 N 2 Straight-edge grid lines and freehand lines on verso (blue crayon and black crayon)

Dimensions

300 × 198.1–214.6 [variable] × 10 cm (118 × 78–84 1/2 [variable] × 4 in.)

Credit Line

Through prior gift of Muriel Kallis Newman in memory of Albert Hardy Newman

Reference Number

2004.146

Copyright

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

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