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    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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Fizzles (Foirades) (U.L.A.E. 173)

The complete set of 33 etching and aquatints (the double pages in colours), in- and hors-texte, text in English and French, with justification, on Richard de Bas paper watermarked 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 colours and purple silk tassel.
portfolio 34.3 x 26.7 x 5.7 cm (13 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 2 1/4 in.)
Signed by the artist and author in pencil and stamp-numbered 189/250 on the justification (there were also 30 artist's proofs in Roman numerals), published by Petersburg Press, New York.

£8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for £11,340

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Evening & Day Editions

London Auction 19-20 January 2022