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  • Literature

    Universal Limited Art Editions 244

  • Catalogue Essay

    [Johns] came to California for a week and the weather was bad.  A friend drove him to the airport and apologized for the gray and gloomy weather.  "That's all right,' he said, 'Gray is my favorite color.'"  (Michael Crichton, Jasper Johns, Whitney Museum of American Art, Harry N. Abrams, New York, 1977, revised edition 1994, p. 16)

  • Artist Biography

    Jasper Johns

    American • 1930

    Jasper Johns is a painter and printmaker who holds a foundational place in twentieth century art history. Quoting the evocative gestural brushstroke of the Abstract Expressionists, Johns represented common objects such as flags, targets, masks, maps and numbers: He sought to explore things "seen and not looked at, not examined" in pictorial form.  Drawing from common commercial and 'readymade' objects, such as newspaper clippings, Ballantine Ale and Savarin Coffee cans, Johns was a bridge to Pop, Dada and Conceptual art movements.

    Beyond the historical significance, each work by Johns is individually considered in sensuous form. A curiosity of medium led him to employ a range of materials from encaustic and commercial house paint to lithography, intaglio and lead relief.

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The Seasons

Etching and aquatint, on Arches en tout cas paper, with full margins,
I. 19 1/8 x 51 5/8 in. (48.6 x 131.1 cm);
S. 26 3/4 x 58 1/4 in. (67.9 x 148 cm)

signed, dated ‘’89’ and numbered 30/54 in pencil (there were also 12 artist's proofs), published by Universal Limited Art Editions, West Islip (with their blindstamp), in very good condition, framed.

$20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for $25,000

Modern & Contemporary Editions

2 June 2009, 2pm
New York