The exhibition examines the use of the color gray by the American artist Jasper Johns (b. 1930) between the mid-1950s and the present. It brings together more than 120 paintings, reliefs, drawings, prints, and sculptures from American and international collections. Johns has worked in gray, at times to evoke a mood, at other times to evoke an intellectual rigor that results from his purging most color from his works. This exhibition is the first to focus on this important thematic and formal thread in Johns's career and includes some of the artist's best-known works, such as Canvas, Gray Target, Jubilee, 0 through 9, No, Diver, and The Dutch Wives, as well as works from the artist's Catenary series and new paintings never before exhibited.
The exhibition in New York is made possible by United Technologies.
It was organized by The Art Institute of Chicago, in cooperation with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
The exhibition is supported by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.