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Jasper Johns, ‘Two Maps II (ULAE 26)’, 1966, Sotheby's

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

Signed in white crayon, dated, inscribed 'II' and numbered 6/30 (total edition includes four artist's proofs), on Japan paper mounted on black Fabriano paper, with the blindstamp of the publisher, ULAE, West Islip, framed.

image: 645 by 515 mm 25 3/8 by 20 1/4 in
sheet: 848 by 663 mm 33 3/8 by 26 1/8 in

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Acquired directly from a printer at ULAE

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