Jasper Johns - Evening & Day Editions London Wednesday, January 22, 2020 | Phillips

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  • 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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Leo, from Leo Castelli 90th Birthday

Etching and aquatint in colours, on Hahnemühle Copperplate paper, with full margins.
I. 45 x 30 cm (17 3/4 x 11 3/4 in.)
S. 93.8 x 68.4 cm (36 7/8 x 26 7/8 in.)

Signed, dated and numbered XXVI/XC in pencil, from the edition of 90 in Roman numerals (there was also an edition of 90 in Arabic numerals and 14 artist's proofs), published by Castelli Graphics, New York, framed.

£1,800 - 2,000 

Sold for £3,250

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Evening & Day Editions

London Auction 23 January 2020