Allen Jones, ‘Janet is Wearing, from 11 Pop Artists, Volume III’, 1965, Alpha 137 Gallery

Allen Jones’ style reflects a preoccupation with exploring the representation of the figure in the context of 1960s Minimalism and the decline of figurative representation in art. His disembodied Self, one of his best known prints, is a classic example of Jones' early works before he turned to sculpture. In the 1970s, he returned to painting, producing works inspired by mail-order fetish-wear catalogues. I recently met the artist at his NYC exhibition at Michael Werner Gallery in New York City. I asked him about this print which I owned, and he explained that Janet was his ex-wife. "Janet is Wearing" - refers to the way the mail order catalogues would advertise their wares - gesticulating to mimic how the clothes were presented. He shrugged his shoulders and said - that's why he thought of naming the work thus.
Publisher: Original Editions, New York (Publisher), E.A. Desjobert, Paris
Catalogue Raisonne Reference: 31, Lloyd

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Signature: Pencil signed, numbered and dated by Allen Jones recto (lower front)

Publisher: Original Editions, New York (Publisher), E.A. Desjobert, Paris

Catalogue Raisonne Reference: 31, Lloyd

11 Pop Artists, Vol. III

About Allen Jones

Controversial painter and sculptor Allen Jones is best known for his trio of fiberglass figures: Hatstand, Table, and Chair from 1969. The forniphilic series, which rocketed Jones to fame and made him an enemy to feminists, depicts women as furniture. They are placed in poses of submission and vanity, and clad in rubber BDSM costumes. Jones’s style reflects a desire to explore the representation of “the figure” in the context of 1960s minimalism and the decline of figural representation in art. He is fascinated by the effort and fakery people put into presenting themselves, and strives to personify the human condition in his pieces. Jones studied painting in art school but turned to sculpture as a means of giving his forms a true, physical presence. He returned to painting in the 1970s, producing works inspired by mail-order fetish-wear catalogues.

English, b. 1937, Southampton, United Kingdom