Jasper Johns, ‘Cicada (ULAE 219)’, 1981, Sotheby's

Property from the Collection of Marion and Irving Apple

Signed in pencil, dated and numbered 19/50 (total edition includes eleven artist's proofs), from the portfolio Eight Lithographs to Benefit the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Inc, on Georges Duchene Calcaire paper, with the blindstamp of the publisher, Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles, and with their inkstamp on the verso, framed.

image: 670 by 517 mm 26 3/8 by 20 3/8 in
sheet: 890 by 660 mm 35 by 26 in

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