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Jasper Johns, ‘Target (ULAE 126)’, 1973, Sotheby's

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

Signed in pencil, dated, and numbered 49/100 (total edition includes 13 artist's proofs), from the portfolio For Meyer Shapiro, on Ohiro Mimitsuki paper, co-published by the artist and Simca Print Artists, Inc., New York, with the blindstamp of Simca Print Artists, Inc., framed.

image: 307 by 307 mm 12 by 12 in
sheet: 610 by 416 mm 23 3/4 by 16 3/8 in

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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