Mind/Mirror by Jasper Johns. $60. Hardcover, 360 pages, 650 color images. Published by Philadelphia Museum of Art/The Whitney Museum of American Art/Yale
Jasper Johns should be of interest to any customer of this store, and this monograph of his recent career retrospective will be an endless source of rich imagery for anyone who reads it. Johns takes imagery from day to day life and repurposes it alongside other images, not necessarily to comment on their social/political purposes, but instead to create new visual associations that produce emotional and intellectual reactions in the viewer. His work is like highly composed noise music, a fabric of notes that exist together only in his specific compositions. These are the images you've always wanted to see and to feel, and the only way to have these reactions is to confront his work. Probably the smartest living American artist.