JASPER JOHNS

M.D.

Medium: A die-cut stencil paper on die-cut stencil paper
Edition: of 100 plus 30 artists proofs
Year: 1974
Signed: in pencil lower left forso
Size: 22 x 18”
Printed at Simca Print Artists
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Medium: Lithograph on handmade paper
Edition: of 74
Year: 1992
Signed: Lower Right
Size: 37 ½ x 30 ¼”
Reference: G. 1572
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BIOGRAPHY

American (1930)

Jasper Johns was born in Augusta, Georgia on May 15, 1930. In 1947-48 he studied art at the University of South Carolina, but soon moved to New York where he had an apprenticeship as a commercial artist.

Jasper Johns met Robert Rauschenberg in 1954, and together they decorated the shop window of Tiffany’s. Rauschenberg has an influence on Johns’ later works. In the 1950s Johns created the first “Flag” pictures, as well as the first “Target” and “Number” pictures. His first one-man show took place in the gallery of Leo Castelli in New York in 1958.

Works from those days are dominated by the motif of the American flag, the target, numbers and letters –styles that make Jasper Johns famous to this day. Like Rauschenberg, Johns picks the issue of the ambiguity of symbols in a consumer society as a central motif of his work; he focuses on symbols that are deprived of their symbolic function by their daily reproduction by mass media. Jasper Johns soon began to use the ancient technique of encaustic, which he applied to his newspaper collages.

In addition to paintings, Johns’ oeuvre comprises assemblages, sculptures and graphic works of a high quality. He shows works at “documenta” exhibitions 3, 4, 5 and 6. In 1988 he was awarded the Grand Prize for Painting at the Venice Biennale. He was appointed honorary member of the Royal Academy in London in 1989. Additionally, the Museum of Modern Art in New York showed a large retrospective in 1996.