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Light Bulb

1976

Medium: Lithograph

Sheet size: 17 x 14 inches

Printer: ULAE, West Islip, New York

Publisher: ULAE, West Islip, New York

Edition size: 48, plus proofs

Catalogue raisonné: ULAE 170

Signed, dated, and numbered in pencil, lower margin

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Two Flags

1980-81

Medium: Lithograph

Sheet size: 47 1/2 x 36 inches 

Printer: Gemini G.E.L. 

Publisher: Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles 

Edition size: 45. plus proofs

Signed, dated, and numbered in pencil, lower margin 

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Periscope I

1979

Medium: Lithograph

Sheet size: 50 x 36 inches

Printer: Gemini G.E.L.

Publisher: Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles

Edition size: 65, plus proofs

Signed, dated, and numbered in pencil, lower margin

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Painting with Two Balls II

1962

Medium: Lithograph

Sheet size: 30 1/2 x 22 1/2 inches

Printer: ULAE, West Islip, NY

Publisher: ULAE, West Islip, NY

Catalogue raisonné: ULAE 11

Edition size: 13, plus proofs

Signed, dated, and numbered in pencil, lower margin

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6 Lithographs (after Untitled 1975)

1976

Portfolio: 6 Lithographs (after Untitled 1975)

Medium: The complete set of six lithographs

Sheet size: 30 1/8 x 29 7/8 inches

Printer: Gemini G.E.L.

Publisher: Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles

Catalogue raisonné: ULAE 174 - 179

Edition size: 60, plus proofs

Each sheet is signed, dated, and numbered in pencil, lower margin

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Skin with O'Hara Poem

1965

Medium: Lithograph

Sheet size: 22 x 34 inches

Printer: Ben Burns

Publisher: ULAE, West Islip, NY

Edition size: 30, plus proofs

Catalogue raisonné: ULAE 21

Signed and numbered in ink by the artist and poet Frank O'Hara

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Ale Cans

1964
Medium: Lithograph
Sheet size: 22 ½ x 17 5/8 inches
Printer: ULAE, West Islip, New York
Publisher: ULAE, West Islip, New York
Catalogue raisonné: ULAE 20
Edition size: 31, plus proofs
Signed, dated and numbered, lower margin

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The Dutch Wives

1977

Medium: Screenprint

Sheet size: 43 1/4 x 56 1/4 inches

Printer: Simca Print Artists, New York

Publisher: Simca Print Artists, Inc.

Catalogue raisonné: ULAE 187

Edition size: 70, plus proofs

Signed, dated, and numbered in pencil, lower margin

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Cicada II

1981
Medium: Screenprint
Sheet size: 24 x 19 inches
Printer:  Kenjiro Nonaka, Hiroshi Kawanish
Publisher: ULAE, West Islip, NY
Edition size: 50, plus proofs
Catalogue raisonné: ULAE 214
Signed and numbered, lower margin

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Usuyuki

1980
Medium: Lithograph
Sheet size:  52 1/2 x 20 1/4 inches
Printer:  ULAE, West Islip, NY
Publisher: ULAE, West Islip, NY
Edition size: 57, plus proofs
Catalogue raisonné: ULAE 211
Signed and numbered, lower margin

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Cicada

1981
Medium: Lithograph
Sheet size: 35 x 26 inches
Printer: Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles
Publisher: Gemini, G.E.L., Los Angeles
Edition size: 58, plus proofs
Catalogue raisonné: ULAE 213
Signed and numbered, lower margin

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The Seasons

1989

Medium: Intaglio, four copper plates

Sheet size: 26 3/4 x 58 1/4 inches

Printer: ULAE, West Islip, NY

Publisher: ULAE, West Islip, NY

Catalogue raisonné: ULAE 244

Edition size: 54, plus proofs

Signed, dated, and numbered in pencil, lower margin

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Jasper Johns was born in Allendale, South Carolina in 1930. In 1949, he moved to New York City and began experimenting with styles, and "Flag", dated 1955, earned him his first major attention. It was revolutionary in that it was simply a geometric design on a large canvas, divorced from emotional or political connotation.

His flag paintings are credited as key in the development of Minimal Art in that the focus of these pieces was their linearity and uniformity with de-emphasis on the unique creative talents of the artist. Over the next few years, Johns used the same approach with other images that were traditionally symbols. In 1956 to 1957, he added numbers to his paintings; in 1958, he did his first sculpture of mundane objects. In 1960, he executed his first lithographs.

 

Johns was given a comprehensive retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, in 1977. He has also shown in 1978 at the Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Muse National d'Art Moderne, Paris, Hayward Gallery, London, and Seibu Museum of Art, Tokyo. He was represented at the Venice Biennale in 1978. In 1979 the Kunstmuseum Basle put on an exhibition of his graphic work, which toured Europe. In 1988 he was awarded the Grand Prix at the Venice Biennale.

In 1997, a major retrospective of 225 of Johns' work was held in New York at the Museum of Modern Art, organized by Kirk Varnedoe. Following this, he began a new series that were much more muted, mysterious, and serene than his earlier work. The exhibition of these paintings debuted on September 15, 1999 at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and traveled to the Yale University Art Gallery in January 2000 and then to the Dallas Museum of Art.

 

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