Jasper Johns, ‘Target’, 1971, michael lisi / contemporary art
Jasper Johns, ‘Target’, 1971, michael lisi / contemporary art
Jasper Johns, ‘Target’, 1971, michael lisi / contemporary art

This original lithograph, with brush and three watercolor pads on Hahnemühle Copperplate paper in white plastic book cases was created by the artist in 1971. Stamped and signed on recto from the edition of 22,500 measuring 10 ½ x 8 ½ in. (26.5 x 21.5 cm.). Created for the Museum of Modern Art's Technics and Creativity, a catalogue raisonne of works produced by Gemini GEL. The print and the catalogue come in a hard white plastic clamshell. (Field 135, Gemini 276)

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