Jasper Johns - Modern and Contemporary Editions New York Sunday, November 23, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Sotheby's Olympia, June 24, 2003, lot 57

  • Literature

    Universal Limited Art Editions Supplement 13

  • 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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Screenprint in colors, on Patapar parchment paper, with full margins,
I. 9 3/8 x 9 3/8 in. (23.8 x 23.8 cm)
S. 10 x 10 in. (25.4 x 25.4 cm)

with a complimentary signature in ink, from the edition of 3,000 (there were aso 16 hors commerce), published by Brooke Alexander, Inc., New York, the cover for Jasper Johns/Screenprints catalogue, creasing at the lower margin and in places along the extreme sheet edge, time staining, otherwise in good condition, framed.

$6,000 - 8,000 

Sold for $7,500

Modern and Contemporary Editions

23 Nov 2008, 2pm
New York