Jasper Johns, ‘Untitled’, 1989, Sotheby's: Contemporary Art Day Auction

This work will be included in the forthcoming Catalogue Raisonné of the Drawings of Jasper Johns being prepared and published by the Menil Foundation as a project of the Menil Drawing Institute under reference number 1989.014.

From the Catalogue

"Johns' treatment of these images, using the face as a frame or background to a central image, accomplishes his intention to find 'an expression that combines something infantile and something adult.' Certainly the sense of memory, of pieced-together fragments from a remembered past, is very strong in these works." —Michael Crichton, Jasper Johns, New York 1994, p. 74

Courtesy of Sotheby's

Signature: signed and dated Oct. '89

New York, Leo Castelli Gallery, Jasper Johns: Paintings and Drawings, February - March 1991
London, Royal Academy of Arts, Summer Exhibition 2001, June - August 2001, cat. no. 7

Leo Castelli Gallery, New York (LC# D-299)
Anthony d’Offay, London (acquired from the above in 1990)
Private Collection

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