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Jasper Johns Prints On View At Phillips Collection

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WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 100 of Jasper Johns’ prints from the past 50 years are going on view at Washington’s Phillips Collection to show how the artist transformed printmaking over his career.

Johns is known for reinventing subjects like targets, American flags, numbers and other images. Some became iconic. In “Jasper Johns: Variations on a Theme,” the Phillips Collection uses its first exhibition of his work to explore how Johns’ interests evolved.

The exhibit includes prints from each decade of his career, including early prints like “Target” in 1960. The show opens
Saturday and is on view through Sept. 9.

Museum Director Dorothy Kosinski says Johns’ experimentation with printmaking set the standard for contemporary art.

The museum also is opening the first U.S. exhibit of drawings by British artist Antony Gormley.

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