Painting with Two Balls (Grays)

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  • Condition Report

  • Provenance

    Pat Caporaso, New York
    Private Collection, New York, 1993

  • Literature

    Universal Limited Art Editions 88

  • Catalogue Essay

    “Great colorists know how to get an effect of color with a black suit, a white necktie, and a gray background.” – Charles Baudelaire, Jasper Johns Gray, Art Institute of Chicago, 2007, p. 55

  • Artist Bio

    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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Painting with Two Balls (Grays)

Screenprint in black and grays, on J.B. Green paper, with full margins.
I. 29 3/8 x 24 1/2 in. (74.6 x 62.2 cm)
S. 34 3/8 x 28 in. (87.3 x 71.1 cm)

Signed, dated and numbred 64/66 in pencil (there were also 9 artist's proofs), published by Studio Heinrici, Ltd., New York, framed.

$6,000 - 8,000 

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New York Auction 25 October 2019