Jasper Johns - Editions & Works on Paper New York Tuesday, April 18, 2023 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Sotheby's, New York, 19th and 20th Century and Contemporary Prints, February 24, 1989, lot 683

  • Literature

    Universal Limited Art Editions 173

  • 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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Foirades/Fizzles (ULAE 173)

The complete set of 33 etchings and aquatints (the double pages in colors), in- and hors-texte, text in English and French, with justification, on Richard de Bas watermark SB (the author's initials) and Jasper Johns, text by Samuel Beckett, bound in handmade paper (as issued), contained in the original beige linen-covered box with the lithographic liner in colors and purple silk tassel.
portfolio 13 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 2 1/4 in. (34.3 x 26.7 x 5.7 cm)
Signed by the artist and author in pencil and stamp-numbered 'XVIII/XXX' on the justification (an artist's proof, aside from the regular edition of 250), published by Petersburg Press, New York.

$10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for $15,240

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Editions & Works on Paper

New York Auction 18 - 20 April 2023