Jasper Johns: a radical look at a colossus of post-war American art

Plus, Venice's tourism problem and Finnish artist Outi Heiskanen

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Jasper Johns's Three Flags (1958). © 2021 Jasper Johns / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

Jasper Johns's Three Flags (1958). © 2021 Jasper Johns / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

The Week in Art

From breaking news and insider insights to exhibitions and events around the world, the team at The Art Newspaper picks apart the art world’s big stories with the help of special guests. An award-winning podcast hosted by Ben Luke, The Week in Art is sponsored by Christie’s.

This week: Jasper Johns. Carlos Basualdo of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Scott Rothkopf of the Whitney Museum of American Art talk to Ben Luke about their simultaneous shows of the 91-year-old artist, and taking a radical approach to a retrospective of a radical artist. Read more about the exhibition (until 13 February 2022) here.

Venice continues to suffer from overcrowding. Image: Mike Palmer from Pixabay

Also this week: Venice’s tourist problem. Are Venetian authorities subjecting tourists in Venice to unprecedented surveillance? We talk to Anna Somers Cocks, founder of The Art Newspaper and former chair of Venice in Peril.

Outi Heiskanen's Dream Play: Fleeting Virginity (1984). Courtesy of Ateneum

And in the Work of the Week, our deputy digital editor Aimee Dawson asks Marja Sakari, the director of the Ateneum in Helsinki, about the Finnish artist Outi Heiskanen's Dream Play: Fleeting Virginity (1984), a key work in her retrospective at the museum (until 9 January 2022).

The Week in Art podcast byThe Art Newspaper is available every Friday on our website and all the usual places where you find podcasts. This podcast is sponsored by Christie's.

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