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Jasper Johns is an acclaimed painter, sculptor, collagist and printmaker known for his groundbreaking use of everyday items.
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Born on May 15, 1930, in Augusta, Georgia, Jasper Johns went on to create paintings based on what others might see as ordinary or mundane items, such as maps and numbers, with an innovative technique. Over the years he has become a leading force in the art world, working in sculpture and collage as well and collaborating with an array of other artists, including choreographer Merce Cunningham.
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