Jasper Johns - Editions & Works on Paper New York Tuesday, October 19, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, New York

  • Literature

    Gemini G.E.L. 956
    Universal Limited Art Editions 219

  • Catalogue Essay

    "One color, red, dominates - at first. With more prolonged observation, however, each of the other colors insists on its presence and importance to the image. A pattern of purple emerges, and a pattern of greens, blues, purples, yellows, each fluctuating in a dense, visual atmosphere. Colors come forth, press back, touch each other, and then move apart. Interwoven, interlocking, fractured, shifting, displacing, replacing: strokes map the surface with extraordinary subtlety".

    Ruth Fine, Gemini G.E.L., Art and Collaboration, 1984, pp. 176-77

  • 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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Cicada, from Eight Lithographs to Benefit the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, Inc. (G. 956, ULAE 219)

Lithograph, on Georges Duchene Calcaire paper, with full margins.
I. 26 1/4 x 20 1/4 in. (66.7 x 51.4 cm)
S. 35 x 25 5/8 in. (88.9 x 65.1 cm)

Signed, dated and numbered 5/50 in pencil (there were also 11 artist's proofs), published by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles (with their blindstamps), framed.

$20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for $40,320

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Editions & Works on Paper

New York Auction 19-21 October 2021