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Past Things and Present includes some 90 works by the iconic American artist Jasper Johns exploring the artist’s work over the past two decades through a selection of paintings, prints and drawings. One of the forerunners the Pop Art movement, Johns has exercised a profound influence on western painting of the second half of the 20th-century consistently reinventing himself in response to new stimuli. During the early 1980s his approach shifted and viewers began to see a much more personal approach in his work – with its imagery becoming increasingly autobiographical. His recent work is full of references to his studio and home, to his childhood and to his own work and the work of other artists while his earlier work famously included commonly seen symbols such as the US flag, alphabet letters, numerals, and household or studio objects such as paintbrushes, brooms and tableware. The exhibition introduces new motifs that present a dramatic shift in his approach to image making.     

Jasper Johns, Untitled, 2000, linocut on paper, 22 ¾  x 17 inches, Collection Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Gift of the artist, 2001 © Jasper Johns/Licensed by VAGA, New YorkJasper Johns, Untitled, 1999, intaglio on paper, 23 x 31 5/16 inches, Collection Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Gift of the artist, 2000 © Jasper Johns/Licensed by VAGA, New YorkJasper Johns, Summer, 1987, intaglio on paper, 26 ¼  x 19 1/8 inches, Collection Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Gift of Judy and Kenneth Dayton, 1988 © Jasper Johns/Licensed by VAGA, New York


The exhibition is curated by Joan Rothfuss, Curator of the Permanent Collection, Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis and is organised in association with the Walker Art Centre.

The exhibition is presented in association with THE IRISH TIMES.

A catalogue, with an introduction by Kathy Halbreich, Director, Walker Art Centre, and essays by Joan Rothfuss, Richard Shiff, University of Texas and Victor I Stoichita, University of Fribourg, Switzerland, accompanies the exhibition (price €25.00).

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We would like to advise our visitors that our Main Reception area is closed for renovation from 22 April until mid-June. A temporary reception is open on the ground floor next to the original main entrance. There are three exhibitions to visit  Hilary Heron: A Retrospective; Derry Film & Video Workshop and Self: Determination: Artists Commissions. IMMA’s shop, café and gardens are all open.