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Modern Art Monday Presents: Jasper Johns, Target With Four Faces

Target With Four Faces
Photo By Gail

In the mid-1950s, Jasper Johns incorporated symbols such as numbers, flags, maps, and targets into his paintings. Here, he transforms the familiar image of a target into a tangible object by building up the surface with wax encaustic. As a result, the concentric circles have become less precise and more tactile. Above the target, Johns has added four cropped and eyeless faces, plaster casts taken from a single model over a period of several months. Their sculptural presence reinforces the objectness of the painting, particularly as the faces may be shut away in their niches behind a hinged wooden door.

See Elaine Sturtevant’s copy of this 1955 work at This Link.

Photographed in the Museum of Modern Art, NYC.