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Jasper Johns: Ideas In Paint (1989)
Starring: John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Jasper Johns
Director: Rick Tejada-Flores
Category: Special Interest, Documentary
Studio: Image Ent.
56 mins



"I don't want my work to be an exposure of my feelings."-Jasper Johns

In the late 1950s, Jasper Johns emerged as a pre-eminent force on the American art scene, laying the groundwork for both pop art and minimalism.Today, as his prints and paintings set record prices at auction, the meaning of his works, his imagery and his changing style continue to generate controversy.

This film provides a rare look at the life, career and inspiration of this unique artist.It includes both new and vintage conversations with the painter, as well as unusual footage of Johns at work in his studio and at the 1988 Venice Biennale as he installs the retrospective exhibition that captures the Grand Prize.Colleagues, fellow artists and critics also share valuable insights into this top artist's work.In addition, the film's soundtrack includes portions of notes composer John Cage's Perilous Night, illustrating a powerful symbiosis of art forms.