Gauguin miscalculated. He made a marketing decision, which did not pan out. Thrown out by his wife, paintings out of favor, desperate for cash, he hit on a scheme to redeem his finances and career: a trip to Tahiti. Gauguin’s strategy failed: neither his career or bank account were revived.
In 2014, Gauguin’s place is the art world is secure. The current show at MoMA is a huge show of prints, transfer drawings, sculptures and woodcuts. It’s a great chance to see an unknown side of artist whose paintings of Tahitian women have become iconic.
Two floors down, the show, Jasper Johns: Regrets oddly parallels the Gauguin exhibition. Inspired by a photograph of painter, Lucian Freud, Johns made a series of prints based on the image. Just as the Gauguin show shows several proofs of the same image; the Johns show is a series of pictures based on one image. In typical Johns fashion, the exhibition title, “Regrets” comes from a rubber stamp, Johns had made to answer the many invitations he received. It was his personal RSVP.
respondez s’il vous plait!
Jasper Johns: Regrets
March 15- September 1, 2o14
March 8 – June 8, 2014