This definitive five-volume catalogue raisonné documents the entire body of painting and sculpture made by Johns from 1954 through 2014, encompassing 355 paintings and 86 sculptures. Foregrounding the art objects and maximizing the accessibility of information, the catalogue serves as a singular reference for scholars, artists, collectors, art professionals, and enthusiasts alike.
Each artwork is represented by a full-page reproduction, nearly all commissioned expressly for this publication. Exhibition and literature references for the catalogued works are listed as full citations enhancing readability and eliminating the need for a key or list of abbreviations.
In lieu of individual texts, a richly illustrated monograph spanning Johns’s artistic oeuvre is presented as a separate volume, providing an overarching narrative for the six decades of painting and sculpture documented here.
Volume 5 contains additional reference materials, including an illustrated biographical chronology, full exhibition history, literature references, and an extensive bibliography.
Roberta Bernstein is the author and project director of Jasper Johns: Catalogue Raisonné of Painting and Sculpture, including the catalogue’s comprehensive monograph, Jasper Johns’s Painting and Sculpture, 1954–2014: Redo an Eye. Bernstein has written and lectured extensively on Johns and other contemporary artists, including Ellsworth Kelly, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, and Marisol Escobar. Her publications on Johns include Jasper Johns’ Paintings and Sculptures, 1954–1974: “The Changing Focus of the Eye,” UMI Research Press (1985) and “Seeing a Thing Can Sometimes Trigger the Mind to Make Another Thing,” catalogue essay for Jasper Johns: A Retrospective, Museum of Modern Art, New York (1996). In 2003 Bernstein was guest curator and catalogue essay author for the exhibition Jasper Johns: Numbers, at the Cleveland Museum of Art; she is co-curator of a major Johns exhibition opening at the Royal Academy of Art in London in September 2017. Bernstein is professor emeritus of art history at the University at Albany, State University of New York; she received her Ph.D. from Columbia University.