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Painter Jasper Johns’ CT home to become artist’s retreat

February 28, 2019

Jasper Johns, America’s foremost living artist, has no plans to travel to the Broad Museum’s 60-year retrospective of his works in Los Angeles.

At 87 years, Johns recently told The New York Times that “I am not going anywhere.”

The Times reported that his friends say that he prefers to wake up in his own bed in Sharon, Conn., “amid the familiarity of his rambling country estate, to eat tomatoes and lettuce he picks from his garden, to know that he is no longer a guest.”

The show - “Jasper Johns: Something Resembling Truth.” -mixes work from different decades, sometimes on the same wall. It will run through May 13. It features more than extraordinary paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings by one of America’s greatest artists. Featuring signature works from the Broad collection with loans from more than 50 international public and private collections, The Broad’s presentation marks the first comprehensive survey of Jasper Johns in Southern California in more than 50 years.

It was announced last fall that his house and property will eventually become an artist’s retreat.

The Sharon zoning commission voted unanimously in September to approve the request.

“It is hardly Mr. Johns’s first philanthropic undertaking,” the Times reported. “In 1963, he and the musician John Cage co-founded the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in Manhattan. Just last month, the organization announced its latest raft of grant recipients, some 19 artists who will each receive $40,000. Mr. Johns’s planned residency program in Connecticut, by contrast, will provide up to 24 artists at a time with three-month stays in rustic barns and outbuildings on Mr. Johns’s property. Meals will be communal, in the main house.”

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