JASPER JOHNS BIBLIOGRAPHY

 

Films


This section has two parts: Films about the Artist and Films Including the Artist

In chronological order.

Unverified information is indicated by square brackets [ ].

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Films about the Artist


 

U.S.A. Artists 8:Jasper Johns
, 1966 (30 minutes, black-and-white, 16 mm).

Directed and produced by Lane Slate.

Written by Alan R. Solomon.

U.S.A. Artists series, produced by the National Educational Television Network and Radio Center.

Interviews with Jasper Johns and with Leo Castelli.

Filmed in Johns’s New York studio, his Edisto Beach, S.C. home and studio, and the Universal Limited Art Editions print workshop in West Islip, N.Y.

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Jasper Johns: Decoy
, 1971 (18:20 minutes, color, 16 mm).

Directed and produced by Michael Blackwood.

Produced by Christian Blackwood Productions, Inc.

Photographed by Christian Blackwood.

Narrated by Barbara Rose. Johns at work on the lithograph Decoy at Universal Limited Art Editions, West Islip, N.Y.

Stills by Blackwood Productions of Jasper Johns, Tatyana Grosman, and Bill Goldston at Universal Limited Art Editions, West Islip, Long Island, are reproduced in Roberta Bernstein and Robert Littman, Jasper Johns. Decoy: The Print and The Painting (exhibition catalogue; Hempstead, N.Y.: The Emily Lowe Gallery, 1972): n.p.

Silkscreens
, 1978 (16 mm, color, 20 minutes).

Directed and produced by Katrina Martin.

Soundtrack by Richard Teitelbaum.

Simca (N.Y.) printmakers Takeshi Shimada, Kenjiro Nonaka, and Hiroshi Kawanishi pull the edition of Jasper Johns’s The Dutch Wives (1978), a twenty-seven-screen print. No commentary.

 

Hanafuda/Jasper Johns
, 1980 (35 minutes, 16 mm, color).

Directed and produced by Katrina Martin.

Johns at work on serigraphs at Simca Print Artists, New York, N.Y., with three Japanese master screen printers. Made over the course of two years, and completed in February 1980, the film documents Johns’s work on four prints, including Cicada (1979) and Usuyuki (1980).

The interview from which the film’s soundtrack is excerpted was published as Katrina Martin, "An Interview with Jasper Johns about Silkscreening," in Elizabeth Armstrong (ed.), Jasper Johns: Printed Symbols (exhibition catalogue; Minneapolis, Minn.: Walker Art Center, 1990), pp. 51 - 61,

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Jasper Johns: Ideas in Paint
, 1989 (60 minutes, color).

Directed by Rick Tejada-Flores.

Executive producers: David Othmer and Susan Lacy.

Documentary produced by WHYY Inc. (Philadelphia, Penn.), in association with WNET (New York, N.Y.), for the American Masters series on PBS.

Documentary about the artist and the exhibition of his work organized by Mark Rosenthal for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, shown at the Venice Biennale and at the museum in 1988.

Narrated by Polly Adams. Comments by Jasper Johns on his art, and comments by Emile de Antonio, John Cage, Leo Castelli, Merce Cunningham, Anne d’Harnoncourt, William Halsey, Hilton Kramer, Gene Moore, Paul Richard, Barbara Rose, Mark Rosenthal, Richard Serra, Frank Stella on Johns’s work. Margaret Leng Tan performs John Cage’s The Perilous Night.

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Jasper Johns: Take an Object. A Portrait: 1972—1990
, 1990 (26 minutes, color, 16 mm).

Directed by Hans Namuth and Judith Wechsler.

Produced by Hans Namuth and Judith Wechsler, Inc.

Music: "The Perilous Night" by John Cage and Janis Joplin.

Johns at work in his New York studio (1972), on Map (Based on Buckminster Fuller’s Dymaxion Air Ocean World using encaustic and stencil techniques. Johns discusses his collaboration with Samuel Beckett on their book Foirades / Fizzles, and his series The Seasons. Shows Johns at work on an etching of The Seasons at Universal Limited Art Editions, West Islip, N.Y. in 1989.

Commentary by John Cage, Christopher Ricks, and Mark Rosenthal who reads from Foirades / Fizzles.

A typed transcript has been produced by the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Tex., where the film was screened on December 6 and 12, 1990.

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Jasper Johns: Zwischen Abbild und Wirklichkeit/Entre Représentation et Réalité
, 1993 (60 minutes, color)

Directed by Rick Tejada Flores.

© WHYY, WNET, RM Arts

Produced by Südwestfunks, in collaboration with Arte.

In German and French.

Includes footage and soundtrack from the following films: Jasper Johns: Ideas in Paint, (Rick Tejada-Flores, 1989); U.S.A. Artists 8: JasperJohns (Lane Slate, 1966); Painters Painting (Emile De Antonio, 1972); Jasper Johns: Take an Object (Hans Namuth, 1990); and Cage–Cunningham (Elliot Caplan, 1991).

 


Films Including the Artist


 

 

[Art Scene, U.S.A., 1966 (17 minutes, color, 16 mm).

Directed by Ed Emshwiller.

Produced by the United States Information Agency.

Survey of the contemporary American art scene: painters, sculptors, and dancers, including Andrew Wyeth, Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Edward Kienholz, Robert Motherwell, Alexander Calder, Marisol, Jackson Pollock, Ben Shahn, Merce Cunningham, Martha Graham, and Alwin Nikolais.]

 

[The Titan, 1966.

Produced by Robert Snyder.

Film on Michelangelo, with commentary on paintings by Johns and Robert Rauschenberg. First screened at San Francisco Art Institute, as part of "Art of Film / Film of Art" 1966.]

 

[Achte Internationale Graphik-Biennale Ljubljana, 1969 (30 minutes, color).

Directed by Dietrich Mahlow.

In German.

Covers the Eighth International Exhibition of Graphic Art, Ljubljana, Yugoslavia. Artists presented include Hans Hartung, Jasper Johns, Allan Jones, Robert Motherwell , and Robert Rauschenberg.]

 

Painters Painting
, 1972 (116 minutes, sound, color and b&w, 16 mm; 35 mm).

Directed and produced by Emile de Antonio, with Mary Lampson.

Produced by Turin Film Corporation.

Distributed by New Yorker Films, New York.

Video: Mystic Fire Video, Inc.

Overview of the American art world from 1940 to 1970. Thirteen artists are speaking about their work and include Helen Frankenthaler, Hans Hoffmann, Johns, Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell Barnett Newman, Kenneth Noland, Jules Olitski, Jackson Pollock, Larry Poons, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella, and Andy Warhol.

Interviews with Emile de Antonio. Statements by Leo Castelli, Henry Geldzahler, Clement Greenberg, Thomas Hess, Philip Johnson, Hilton Kramer, William Rubin, and Robert and Ethel Scull.

Includes footage of centennial exhibition "New York Art 1945—1970," Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, N.Y.

Stills by Rudy Burkhardt, Fred McDarrah, Hans Namuth, and Malcolm Varon.

Also see Emile de Antonio and Mitch Tuchman, Painters Painting: A Candid History of the Mdoern Art Scene (New York, N.Y.: Abbeville Press, 1984).

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[Works In Series: Johns, Stella, Warhol, 1972 (30 minutes, color, 16 mm).

Directed by Barbara Rose.

Produced by Michael Blackwood.

Filmed on the occasion of the inaugural exhibition of the Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi. Includes interview with three artists in their studios discuss their latest paintings, including Johns’s untitled (1970).]

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American Art In The Sixties
, 1973 (57:24 minutes, sound, color, 16 mm), 1973.

Directed by Michael Blackwood.

Produced by Michael Blackwood Productions, Inc. / RM Productions.

Written and narrated by Barbara Rose.

Artists discussed are: Carl Andre, Ron Davis, Dan Flavin, Sam Francis, Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Irwin, Jasper Johns, Donald Judd, Edward Kienholz, Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Morris Louis, Robert Morris, Kenneth Noland, Claes Oldenburg, Jules Olitski, Robert Rauschenberg, Larry Rivers, Ed Ruscha, George Segal, Frank Stella, Andy Warhol, and Jack Youngerman. Includes comments by composer John Cage, Leo Castelli, and Clement Greenberg.

 

Walkaround Time
, 1973 (48 minutes, color, nonverbal, 16 mm).

Directed by Charles Atlas.

Produced by Cunningham Dance Foundation.

Choreography by Merce Cunningham.

Music and soundtrack: ". . . for nearly an hour . . . " by David Behrman.

Homage to Marcel Duchamp by Merce Cunningham.

Stage set by Johns after Duchamp’s The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even.

 

America’s Pop Collector: Robert C. Scull–Contemporary Art At Auction
, 1974 (72 minutes, sound, color, 16 mm).

Co-directed by John Schott and E. J. Vaughn.

Produced by E. J. Vaughn.

Video produced by Document / FA.

Distributed by Cinema 5, New York, N.Y.

The auction of fifty works from the Robert and Ethel Scull collection of American Pop Art. Includes the sale of Johns’s Double White Map (1965) for $240 000 (to Ben Heller), and his Ale Cans for $90 000. Interviews with Robert and Ethel Scull, and commentary by Leo Castelli and Ivan Karp.

 

Westbeth
, 1975 (32 minutes, black and white, 16 mm).

Charles Atlas, director.

Produced by the Cunningham Dance Foundation.

Choreography by Merce Cunningham.

Merce Cunningham’s first experiment in video, in collaboration with film-maker Charles Atlas. Costumes by Mark Lancaster, based on a design by Johns for Un jour ou deux (1973). No commentary.

 

The Print World Of Tatyana Grosman
: Part II, 1976 (30 minutes, color).

Produced and directed by John Musilli.

Produced by Camera Three Productions.

Written and narrated by Rosamond Bernier.

Tatyana Grosman, of Universal Limited Art Editions, talks briefly about Johns’s series 0 —9. Includes stills and footage of Johns working at Universal Limited Art Editions, West Islip, N.Y.

 

 

Leo Castelli
, 1976 (43 minutes, b&w).

Produced by Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, N.Y.

Interview with Leo Castelli, including reflections on Johns.

 

Event For Television
, 1977 (56 minutes, color, 16 mm).

Directed by Merrill Brockway.

Produced by Emile Ardolino.

Performances by Merce Cunningham, with sets designed by Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol.

 

Exchange
, October 23—24, 1978 (amateur video, filmed at the University of California at Berkeley).

Choreography by Merce Cunningham.

Music by David Tudor.

Sets and costumes by Jasper Johns.

 

[Magic In The Web Of Art, 1979 (24 minutes, color, 16 mm).

Produced by Paul Kafno/Produced by Open University Productions/BBC-TV, London.

C. L. Barber (University of California) examines the importance of magical experience in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Shows how the magician’s love of symbols is evident in Johns’s work.]

 

Living Portraits
, 1979.

Video portrait of Johns made on the occasion of the 36th Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting: Willem de Kooning, Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg," Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (1979).

 

Shock Of The New: Culture As Nature
, 1979 (52 minutes, color, 16 mm).

Directed by David Richardson.

Produced by Lorna Pegram.

From the television series Shock of the New, no. 7/8 (Arts Council of Great Britain).

Produced by BBC-TV in association with Time-Life Television and RM Productions.

Robert Hughes looks at Pop art in the context of mass-media culture. Features the work of Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Richard Hamilton, Andy Warhol, James Rosenquist, Roy Lichtenstein, and Claes Oldenburg.

 

[Tatyana Grosman: A Life With Painters And Poets, 1980 (29 minutes, color, 16 mm).

Directed by Barbara Rose.

Produced by Barbara Rose Productions.

Features Johns, Alexander Liberman, Robert Motherwell, and Larry Rivers at work at Universal Limited Art Editions, West Islip, N.Y.

Includes five to eight minutes of footage and voiceover by Johns. Johns is seen working at Universal Limited Art Editions, West Islip, N.Y. with Tanya Grosman, as well as discussing his creative relationship with her. His first ULAE work (0 —9 series) is shown and he is seen completing a subsequent lithograph.]

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[L’aventure De L’art Moderne, No. 10: L’épreuve de L’objet, 1980 (52 minutes, color, sound, 16 mm). In French.

Directed by Carlos Vilardebo.

Produced by FR3, Société nouvelle Pathé Cinéma.

Covers Pop art in the United States (Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselman), and in Great Britain (Peter Blake, Richard Hamilton, David Hockney, Allen Jones), and the New Realists in France (Arman, César, Christo, Yves Klein, Matial Raysse, Jean Tinguely). Includes commentary by Leo Castelli.]

 

VIDEO PORTRAITS: SILENT WORDS FOR INSTALLATION
, 1983 (20 Minutes, color).

Directed and produced by Joan Logue.

Video artist Joan Logue uses a stationary camera to record the faces of friends, family, and artists in silent extended portraits. Subjects include artists John Baldessari, Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, Willem de Kooning, Roy Lichtenstein, and Robert Rauschenberg. Produced from 1973 to 1983.

 

Claude Berri Rencontre Leo Castelli, Marchand d’art
, 1987—88 (Three programs, 60 minutes each, color).

Directed by Claude Berri and Pierre Grunstein;

with the collaboration of Ann Hindry.

Produced by La Sept and Renn Productions.

In French.

French film-maker Claude Berri interviews Leo Castelli (b. 1907).

Part I: Castelli talks about his first gallery, and American painting of the 1940s and 1950s.

Part II: Castelli talks about art of the 1960s and 1970s, and explains his view of what an art dealer should be.

Part III: Castelli discusses his best exhibitions, painting in the 1980s, and the role of museum curators and collectors.

The dialogues in this film appear in: Ann Hindry, ed., Claude Berri rencontre Leo Castelli. Paris: Renn, 1990.

 

Leo Castelli 1957—1987: Thirtieth Anniversary
, 1987 (31 minutes, color).

Ann Hindry and Nancy Jones, executive producers.

Gabriel Berde and Ken Cirelli, producers.

Produced by Art New York.

Written by Ann Hindry and Nancy Jones.

Shows opening of Johns exhibitiona t the Leo Castelli Gallery, and Ann Hindry interviewing Leo Castelli.

 

[Biennale Venedig 1988, 1988 (49 minutes, color).

Directed and produced by Viktoria von Flemming.

Produced by Norddeutscher Rundfunk.

In German.

Documents the forty-ninth Venice Biennale. Includes interview with Johns, who was awarded the Golden Lion in 1988.]

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[Hundert Meisterwerke Aus Den Grossen Museen Der Welt [100 Materworks From The Great Museums Of The World], 1988 (145 programs, 10 minutes each, color, 35 mm, 16 mm). French, German and English version.

Directed by Reiner Moritz.

Produced by RM Arts; Westdeutscher Rundfunk; and ORF.

Each segment focuses on a painting from the world’s finest art collections, galleries, and museums. Series includes Jasper Johns’s Flag (1954—55) from The Museum of Modern Art, New York, N.Y.]

 

Art Of The Western World: In Our Own Time
, 1989 (60 minutes, color).

Directed and produced by Suzanne Bauman.

Executive producer: Perry Miller Adato.

Produced by WNET/Channel 13 (USA); TV South (Great Britain); ORF (Austria); RTVE-Radiotelevision Española (Spain).

Art in the Western World series, Program 9 / 9.

Survey of art after World War II. Clement Greenberg on Jackson Pollock. Rosalind Krauss on Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and Andy Warhol; and Germano Celant on Joseph Beuys and Yves Klein. Visit in SoHo, NYC. Statements by Jenny Holzer and Cindy Sherman. Earth work by James Turrell in Arizona.

 

[THE MAGIC GALLERY, 1990 (30 minutes, color).

Produced by Bruce N. Maclean.

Production agency: Educational Video, Inc.

Jacqueline Copeland introduces Pop art to elementary school students, through works by four American Pop artists: Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, and Andy Warhol.

 

High And Low: Modern Art And Popular Culture
, 1990 (28 minutes, color).

Directed and produced by Jeffrey Owen Jones.

Produced by Manhattan Media Enterprises, Inc.

Produced on the occasion of the exhibition, "High and Low: Modern Art and Popular Culture," The Museum of Modern Art, New York, N.Y. Includes works by Johns.

 

Art Today: Vol. 3, No. 1
, 1991 (52 minutes, color).

Produced by Arts Video News Service, Inc.

One in a series of video magazines reporting on contemporary art in New York galleries and museums. Includes review by Nan Rosenthal of exhibitions, "Jasper Johns Paintings and Drawings," Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, N.Y., and "The Drawings of Jasper Johns," Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, N.Y.

 

Cage—Cunningham
, 1991 (95 minutes, color, 16 mm).

Directed by Elliot Caplan.

Produced by the Cunningham Dance Foundation, in association with La Sept (Paris).

Celebrates fifty years of collaboration between John Cage and Merce Cunningham. Includes interviews with Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns, who were artistic advisors to the Cunningham Dance Company from 1954 to 1964, and from 1967 to 1980, respectively.

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[Video Ink: Student Art News Reports, 1991 (40 minutes, color).

Bill Beirne, executive producer.

Produced by Video Ink; Community School District 10, New York, N.Y.

Promotional announcements and short features created by the Community School District 10 Television Production Project (Bronx, N.Y.) about major art exhibitions in New York City museums. Includes an eight-minute five-second promotional spot for the exhibition "The Drawings of Jasper Johns" at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, N.Y.]

 

35 Years with Leo Castelli
, January 9, 1993 (10 minutes)

Amateur video filmed at Leo Castelli Gallery, New York.

No commentary.

Documents installation and opening of "Jasper Johns–35 Years, Leo Castelli," Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, N.Y.

 

[The Chelsea: An Intimate View Of New York’s Historic And Sometimes Infamous Hotel, 1993 (60 minutes, color).

Produced by Doris Chase Productions.

Directed and produced by Doris Chase.

Documents the history of the Chelsea Hotel, tracing its numerous residents.

 

Pop And Op Art
, n.d. (25 minutes, color).

Presents works by American Pop artists Jim Dine, Robert Indiana, Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, George Segal, Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselman, etc.