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  • Provenance

    Susan Sheehan Gallery, New York

  • Literature

    Universal Limited Art Editions 16

  • Catalogue Essay

    This is the simplest of several body prints made in 1963. It depicts the essential elements of the art of lithography: the artist's hand, a tool to move the ink across the surface, and the chemical antipathy of oil and water. The reversal of the hands and words is another elementary face of the printing process.

  • 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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Hand

1963
Lithograph, on Shogun paper (with Japan watermark), with full margins,
I. 13 1/2 x 9 1/4 in. (34.3 x 23.5 cm)
S. 22 1/2 x 17 1/2 in. (57.2 x 44.5 cm)

signed, dated `63' and numbered 2/29 in pencil (there were also 4 artist's proofs), published by Universal Limited Art Editions, West Islip, New York (with their blindstamp), framed.

Estimate
$8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for $25,000

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New York Auctions 21 April 2015