The most-discussed events of the fall art season, or at least the ones that generated the most buzz among people who still believe that aesthetic value is different from financial worth, were the late-September openings of the paired retrospectives, both titled “Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror,” at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.1 Conceived and curated by the Whitney’s Scott Rothkopf and Philadelphia’s Carlos Basualdo, the double whammy was supposed to take place last year as a ninetieth birthday celebration for the artist, who was born in 1930, but, like...


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