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Jasper Johns, Fragment of Letter (detail), 2009, bronze, ca. 39 x 24 x 1 in., Matthew Marks Gallery, New York
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by Charlie Finch

I walked into the Jasper Johns exhibition at Matthew Marks last week with Ashley Bickerton, and Ashley immediately began to touch and feel the heavy metal sculptures, Johns' classic number sequences, done by the artist in wax and cast in copper, silver and aluminum. At one point, Ashley even rubbed his cheek against one like a cat.