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Jasper Johns unveils plans for artists’ retreat around his property in Sharon

Jasper Johns has announced that he will convert his Sharon estate, shown in the map above, to a center for artists to do residencies, in the style of the famed retreats Yaddo and MacDowell Colony. Map courtesy Low Road Foundation

SHARON — Jasper Johns, considered by some to be the greatest living American artist, has announced plans to turn his estate in Sharon into a retreat for artists working in numerous disciplines.

The retreat would be similar to Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., which has hosted artists including Truman Capote, Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath and David Foster Wallace, and the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, N.H., which has hosted artists including Leonard Bernstein, Thornton Wilder, James Baldwin, Michael Chabon and Meredith Monk.

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