Jasper Johns, ‘Ale Cans (ULAE 20)’, 1964, Sotheby's

Property from the Collection of Catherine Woodard and Nelson Blitz, Jr.

Signed in pencil, dated and numbered 9/31 (total edition includes two artist's proofs), on Japan paper, with the blindstamp of the publisher, ULAE, West Islip, framed.

image: 362 by 282 mm 14 1/4 by 11 1/8 in
sheet: 572 by 450 mm 22 1/2 by 17 3/4 in

Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York
Acquired by Michael Crichton, 1972
Sold Christie's New York, Post-War and Contemporary Art Morning Session Including Works from the Collection of Michael Crichton, May 12, 2010, lot 108

About Jasper Johns

Jasper Johns's ongoing stylistic and technical experimentation place him at the forefront of American art. His richly textured paintings of maps, flags, numbers, and targets laid the groundwork for Pop art, Minimalism, and Conceptual art. In New York in the 1950s, Johns was part of a community of artists, including Robert Rauschenberg, seeking an alternative to the emotional nature of Abstract Expressionism. Influenced by Marcel Duchamp, Johns's early work paired the concerns of craft with familiar concrete imagery. His interest in process also led to innovations in lithography, screen-printing, etching and woodblock, using such materials as pencil, pen, brush, crayon, wax, and plaster to constantly challenge the technical possibilities of printmaking.

American, b. 1930, Augusta, Georgia, based in New York, New York