Jasper Johns, Map

Map, 1962
Jasper Johns (b. 1930, August, Georgia; lives and works in New York)
Encaustic and collage on canvas, 60 x 93 in.
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Gift of Marcia Simon Wiseman
In 1960, contemporary artist Robert Rauschenberg gave Jasper Johns mimeographed maps of the United States that inspired Johns to begin working with this motif; he ultimately made three large 'Map' paintings, in addition to smaller paintings, prints, and drawings, sometimes rendered directly on the mimeographed sheets. During this time, Jasper Johns was beginning to employ monochromatic gray or blue palettes and, in 1962, he rendered 'Map' almost entirely in shades of gray. About his work during this period, he insisted: “My primary concern is visual form. The visual meaning may be discovered afterward - by those who look at it.”