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Jasper Johns: The Business of the Eye (Taschen Basic Art Series) Paperback – 10 May 2007

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen GmbH (10 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 382285171X
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822851715
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 0.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 437,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Barbara Hess studied art history and romance languages in Cologne and Florence. Based in Cologne, she is a freelance author and translator and has written extensively on modern and contemporary art for magazines including Camera Austria, Flash Art, and Texte zur Kunst.


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This is a superbly illustrated book with good colour reproductions of most iconic works. The text is also strong: its a thoughtful study of the works of art for themselves, not a biography. Barbara Hess does a sterling job of introducing the artist's perplexing compositions and labyrinthine ideas for uninitiated readers - she summarises critical debates over Johns in the period 1955-65 very well. Her stress is on explaining, frequently using comments by Johns himself to help us come to grips with the pictures.

Still, the book is chiefly about Johns's output of the 1950s and early 1960s. The coverage of this period takes up the first 52 pages, or roughly 3½ of her book's 5 chapters. Which means that the discussion of Johns's work produced over 1967-2001 is compressed: the discussion of these late decades speeds along, cramming in information. So the reader needs to turn to specialist books and exhibition catalogues for that material.

Nevertheless, as an introduction for the novice or student, this is a fine work (and a bargain at its affordable price, too).
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I bought this book to help me with my art project. This was very useful in giving information on the art works themselves as well as the artist.
I would recommend this book, especially if you are interested in art.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good overview, good value 29 Mar. 2008
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Like the other Taschen Basic Art series books I've seen, this provides a good introduction to Johns's work, covering his career through the present day. At only 96 pages, including a large number of color reproductions of his works, it is a quick read, but it also is far from comprehensive, of course.

For the price and quality, it offers a very good value to the layman seeking to learn more about the artist's work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent concise intro to Johns 22 Feb. 2013
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I like the Taschen books because they have great reproductions and they are a reasonable length for getting acquainted with a painter's works -- not long drawn-out academic exercises like some art history tomes. Good on his role and his relationships with other painters like Rauschenberg.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Business of the Eye, Jasper Johns by Barbara Hess 15 Feb. 2011
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Great book about John's life and his thinking in relation to his art. Some good images of his work, showing the progression during his painting years. Tis worth having if you are interested in Abstract Painting and even Abstract Expressionism as Hess makes reference to John's influences by the Expressionists era in the book. According to Hess, John's work argues against the expressionist's concept of emotion within the images and he paints specifically from a non-emotive abstract perspective because of them.

Technically tis an easy read and very interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A simple, but very good beginning. 31 Aug. 2010
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This 96 page book is printed on high quality, glossy paper. It holds a decent amount of pictures of Jasper Johns' paintings: typically 1 to 2 per page. Mixed in with the pictures are writings that range from explaining his paintings in laymen's terms, to bits and pieces of his biography. All in all this book is a rather simple, but very good beginning to a great American painter and his work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect 8 Dec. 2014
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Beautifully illustrated with not too much text. This is exactly what I was looking for in this case. I love these books.
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