The art: Jasper Johns, Bread, 1969. The work is a lead relief in an edition of 60, plus 10 artists’ proofs. It’s 23 inches by 17 inches.
The news: This week NPR’s Fresh Air is featuring a week of programs on food.Food is one of Western art’s classic subjects, so MAN will feature a special food post each day. Today: Slices of bread. Think of them as post-war American art’s take on the classic, food-packed Dutch or French still-life. For more on the subject — and some of the artworks featured here today, see this post on Modern Art Notes and a smart response from Kriston Capps.
The source: Collection of many museums, including the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the National Gallery of Art, Washington, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra and the Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, Nebraska.