Jasper Johns, ‘Target’, 1974, Christie's


Signed and dated in pencil, numbered 24/70 (there were also nine artist's proofs), co-published by the artist and Simca Print Artists, New York, with their blindstamp, with full margins, an area of skinning along the upper right margin, otherwise in good condition, framed
Image: 31 x 25 ¾ in. (787 x 654 mm.)
Sheet: 35 x 27 3/8 in. (889 x 695 mm.)

ULAE 147

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