Jasper Johns, ‘Sketch from Untitled I, from "Casts from Untitled"’, 1974, Caviar20

Published by Gemini, G.E.L., Los Angeles (with their blindstamps); Minor rippling on edges (intrinsic to the handmade paper).

One of the most important artists of the 20th century, Jasper Johns (b.1930) is known for singular vision as a painter and printmaker, using both loaded and banal symbols in his creations.

Johns was discovered in the late 1950's by legendary art dealer Leo Castelli, who gave him his first one-man show. During the 1960's his fame and influence rapidly ascended. Although Johns is often associated with Pop Art, he is arguably a better representative or descendant of Dada and Marcel Duchamp. He is also credited with fostering new art trends that shifted from Abstract Expressionism which had dominated American art.

Johns began experimenting with printmaking around 1960 and would create some of his most famous editions, like "Sketch..." with Universal Limited Art Editions, Inc (ULAE).

This dynamic and playful work can be found in numerous important museum collections including the MoMA (NYC) and others.

Signature: Signed, dated and numbered by the artist.

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