JASPER JOHNS

Jasper Johns came into the art scene in the 1950s. Much of the work that he created led the American public away from the expressionism form, and towards an art movement or form known as the concrete. He would depict many flags and maps, and this created a more distinct style with the work that was being done during this period in American art history. He was also one of the leading forces to the pop form known as minimalism; even to this day, many of the pieces that are sold at auction, bring in extremely high price tags, and sell for record amounts. This print was initiated in Jasper Johns' Low Road Studio with Master Printer John Lund and editioned by the Leroy Neiman Center for Print Studies at Columbia Unilversity.  "Untitled" is an intaglio print with aquatint and spit-bite, made from three plates and ten colors.  It is a beautifully intimate work with visual references to some of the artist's earlier paintings, "Perilous Night", 1982 and "According to What?", 1964, as well as the more recent "Untitled", 2011 published by Universal Limited Art Editions. Johns continues to push the boundaries of printmaking and provide visually striking imagery that captivates the viewer.

Since creating his first lithographs at Universal Limited Art Editions in 1960, printmaking has played a vital role in the artistic practice of Jasper Johns. Born in Georgia in 1930, Johns grew up in South Carolina and promptly moved to New York after two semesters at the University of South Carolina. In the early 1950s, he was introduced to Robert Rauschenberg, John Cage, and Merce Cunningham, a network that would highly influence his work. By the mid-1950s, Johns began to develop an essential bridge between abstract expressionism and pop art. He has received international acclaim for his work in painting, drawing, sculpture and printmaking, and in February 2011 he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barak Obama, becoming the first painter or sculptor to receive this award since 1977. 

Edition 11/30