Jasper Johns, ‘Untitled’, 1990, 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 1990.015.

From the Catalogue

"I became interested in looking at [Pablo Picasso's Woman in a Straw Hat] in the book—suddenly it held my attention. It became extremely poetic, something that conveys many meanings at once. While looking at it, it interested me that Picasso had constructed a face with features on the outer edge. I started thinking in that direction, and it led me to use the rectangle of the paper as a face and attaching features to it." —Jasper Johns

Courtesy of Sotheby's

Signature: signed and dated '90

London, Anthony d’Offay Gallery, Jasper Johns: New Drawings and Watercolours, November 1990 - January 1991
New York, Leo Castelli Gallery, Jasper Johns: Paintings and Drawings, February - March 1991
Seoul, Gana Art Gallery, Jasper Johns: Recent Paintings and Drawings, September 1991, cat. no. 2, illustrated in color
Stockholm, Heland Wetterling Gallery, Jasper Johns: JFMAMJJASOND, October - November 1991, illustrated in color
Brussels, Galerie Isy Brachot, Jasper Johns: Prints from the Leo Castelli Collection, December 1991 - February 1992
Salzburg, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg: Important Paintings and New Works on Paper, July - August 1992

Arts Review 42, No. 24, 30 November 1990, p. 14, illustrated
Anthony d'Offay, Ed., Jasper Johns: A Calendar for 1991, London 1991, n.p., illustrated in color

Anthony d’Offay, London (acquired directly from the artist 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