Jasper Johns                                


          Jasper Johns was born in 1930 in Georgia and grew up in South Carolina. He attended the University of South Carolina for one year, then moved to New York City to pursue a career as an artist. He met the artist Robert Rauschenberg, the composer John Cage and the modern dancer Merce Cunningham in 1954, and the same year began a series of paintings based on the American flag, exhibiting them in 1958 at the Leo Castelli Gallery.

          From the 1950’s into the 1960’s, Johns made paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints that presented commonplace, two-dimensional objects with absolute objectivity and precision so that the painting ceases to be a reproduction of the object but becomes the object itself. Flags, targets, number sequences, letters of the alphabet, and maps were painted in either bright colors of red, blue, yellow, orange and green, or monochrome lead gray. Johns’ works were a radical departure from the extreme emotionalism of the Abstract Expressionists and in their banality and rejection of emotional expression prepared the way for Pop Art.

        At the end of the 1960’s, Johns painted stenciled words and objects with more fluid brushstrokes and a wider palette. In the ‘crosshatch’ paintings of the 1970’s, Johns used pale colors applied in parallel brushstrokes and in the 1980’s he introduced figural elements in an autobiographical series of paintings and prints.


Artist: Jasper Johns
Title: Land's End II
Medium: Etching & Aquatint
Size: 42 x 29 inches
Year: 1979
Edition: 60
Publisher: Petersburg Press, London
                  Reference #:                                   Segal no. 19
Description: Hand signed
Price: $35,000.00





Artist: Jasper Johns
Title: Target 1970
Medium: Offset lithograph & collage
Size: 10 x 8 inches
Year: 1971
Publisher: The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Reference #: Gemini GEL, no. 276
Description: Hand signed.
This print is contained in a plastic box along with a catalouge of illustrations by Riva Castleman.
Price: $2,500.00










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