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  • "Jasper Johns' basic instructions to himself, penned in a sketchbook—'Take an object. Do something to it. Do something else to it'— reveal the overarching serial logic of his creative approach. His exploration of numeric figures began in 1955 and grew in intensity until about 1970; it is the motif to which he has returned most often, exploring it in paintings, drawings, sculpture, and prints. Johns has taken advantage of the opportunity offered by printmaking to test multiple options, and pursue different avenues of exploration in his repetitive, measured transformation of the numerical subject."
    —National Gallery of Art

    • Literature

      Universal Limited Art Editions 156-165

    • 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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0-9 series (U.L.A.E. 156-165)

The complete set of 10 etching and aquatints, on Barcham Green paper, with full margins.
all I. 2 1/2 x 2 1/8 in. (6.5 x 5.5 cm)
all S. 8 1/2 x 6 1/8 in. (21.5 x 15.5 cm)

All signed, dated and numbered 87/100 in pencil (there were also 20 artist's proofs), published by Petersburg Press, London, all framed.

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$25,000 - 30,000 

Sold for $80,640

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Editions Southampton

New York Auction 25 June 2022