Jasper Johns - Evening & Day Editions New York Tuesday, October 28, 2014 | Phillips
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  • Catalogue Essay

    Using his Land’s End painting (1963) as a starting point and revisiting and exploring further through his prints – Land’s End and Periscope variations from the late 1970’s/early 1980’s, Untitled (Red); Untitled (Yellow); and Untitled (Blue) series from 1982. Secondaries over Black – is one from a group of 8 trial proofs alternating secondary colors with primary colors, primary colors with black, and secondary colors with black, printing in unconventional ways to achieve a rich innovative print.

    The 8 trial proofs were created in editions of 2, of which, all numbered ’1/2’ are in the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. collection. The other ‘2/2’s are in The Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Belger Arts Center, Kansas City and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

  • 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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Intaglio printed in three colors over black on handmade Torinoko paper, with full margins,
I. 34 1/4 x 72 1/4 in. (87 x 183.5 cm)
S. 42 x 77 1/2 in. (106.7 x 196.9 cm)

signed, inscribed `Secondaries Over Black', dated '91' and annotated `2/2 Trial Proof' in pencil, published by Universal Limited Art Editions, West Islip, New York (with their blindstamp), the colors fresh and bright, framed.

$300,000 - 500,000 

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New York Auction 28 October 2014 11am & 5:30pm