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LEGENDARY: GODDAMMIT DON’T ASK ARTIST JASPER JOHNS WHAT HIS ARTWORK MEANS — NOBODY KNOWS WHAT IT MEANS!

One of modern art’s greatest painters and arguably America’s greatest living artist, Jasper Johns is a giant of the contemporary art world. Recently on the eve of “JasperJohns: Something Resembling Truth,” a massive new exhibition of his work at the Broad Museum in Los Angeles, Johns was interviewed by the New York Times. As he has explained in previous interviews, he doesn’t like offering explanations of what his artwork means. The Times article underscored his sentiments and revealed John’s jokey side with what is now one of our favorite quotes.

Mr. Johns himself is loath to offer biographical interpretations of his work — or any interpretations, for that matter. He is famously elusive and his humor tends toward the sardonic. He once joked that, of the dozens of books that have been written about his art, his favorite one was written in Japanese. What he liked is that he could not understand it.

Oodles of Noodles … Street Art, Lower East Side, New York City

We love the bold, illustrative quality and humor of this street art piece on a small shop roll-shutter on Orchard Street in New York’s Lower East Side. A girl is up to her neck in a bowl of noodles surrounded by a trio of rabbits. What’s it all mean, you ask? As Chazz said in “Blades of Glory”: “Nobody knows what it means, but it’s provocative … it gets the people going!”