Jasper Johns was born in Augusta, Georgia, in 1930, raised in South Carolina, and currently lives and works in Connecticut and Saint Martin. Among his awards are the Prize for Painting at the Venice Biennale in 1988, the Grand Prize at the Bienal de São Paolo in 1967, and the Carnegie Prize at the Pittsburgh Biennial in 1959.

Johns's solo shows include Jasper Johns: Gray, Art Institute of Chicago (2007); Jasper Johns: An Allegory of Painting, 1955 - 1965, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (2007); Past Things and Present: Jasper Johns since 1983, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2003); Jasper Johns-Drawings, Menil Collection, Houston (2003); Jasper Johns: New Paintings and Works on Paper, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1999); Jasper Johns: A Retrospective, Museum of Modern Art, New York (1996); The Drawings of Jasper Johns, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (1990); Jasper Johns: Work since 1974, Philadelphia Museum of Art (1988); Jasper Johns: A Print Retrospective, Museum of Modern Art, New York (1986); Jasper Johns Drawings, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford (1974); Jasper Johns: Lithographs, Museum of Modern Art, New York (1970); Jasper Johns: Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture 1954 - 1964, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (1964); and Jasper Johns Paintings, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York (1958).

Group exhibitions include the Venice Biennale (1988, 1986, 1978, 1970, 1968, 1964, 1958); Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1983, 1973); Documenta, Museum Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany (1972, 1968, 1964); Environment U.S.A.: 1957 - 1967, Ninth Bienal de São Paulo (1967); and the Pittsburgh Bicentennial International Exhibition of Contemporary Painting and Sculpture, Carnegie Institute (1958).

Photo of Jasper Johns by AP