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    Universal Limited Art Editions 216

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Japanese word ‘Usuyuki’ means thin or light snow and is also the name of a kabuki play.
    Tranquil beauty: clarity within, quiet without.
    This is the tran-quillity of pure
    contemplation. When desire is silenced and the will comes to rest
    the world as i-dea becomes manifest. In this
    aspect the world is beautiful
    and re-moved from the struggle for existence. This is the world of Art.
    John Cage Silence, Middleton, Connecticut, 1961, p. 30
    (quoting a passage from the ancient Chinese book of divination I-Ching)

  • 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 Kurotani Kozo paper, with full margins,
I. 27 1/2 x 45 1/2 in. (69.9 x 115.6 cm);
S. 29 1/4 x 46 7/8 in. (74.3 x 119.1 cm)

signed, dated `81' and numbered 52/85 in pencil (there were also 15 artist's proofs), published by the artist and Simca Print Artists, Inc., New York, in excellent condition, framed.

$30,000 - 50,000 

Sold for $31,250

Modern & Contemporary Editions

21 Nov 2010
New York