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Ahead of Retrospective, Jasper Johns Painting and Sculpture Catalogue Raisonné Will Be Released in 2017

A dramatically lighted Johns catalogue raisonné. COURTESY THE WILDENSTEIN PLATTNER INSTITUTE

A dramatically lighted Johns catalogue raisonné.

COURTESY THE WILDENSTEIN PLATTNER INSTITUTE

There’s still more than three years before the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum host a joint Jasper Johns retrospective, in 2020, but today brings some exciting Johns developments: the Wildenstein Plattner Institute will issue a catalogue raisonné of the artist’s paintings and sculptures this coming April. Roberta Bernstein, a faculty emerita in the art history department of the University at Albany in New York, will author the book.

The catalogue raisonné will cover all of the paintings and sculptures Johns produced between 1954 and 2014, which means that, in total, some 441 works will be included here, as well as a history of 900 related works and a bibliography of 1,300 texts. And, in a particularly thrilling addition, there will also be records of works by Johns that were destroyed. The catalogue raisonné is currently available on Amazon for the not-so-cheap price of $1,500.

The Johns catalogue raisonné will be the first book published under the brand-new WPI imprint, which was cofounded by Guy Wildenstein. A release notes that there will be other catalogue raisonné projects from the group in the future.

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