JASPER JOHNS "CUP 2 PICASSO" LITHOGRAPH, 1973
Jasper Johns (b.1930) is one of the most celebrated artists of the 20th century. He had a major influence on the trajectory of American post-war art, encouraging the demise of Abstract Expressionism and the introduction of Pop Art.
In the 1950s, Johns rose to prominence with his unconventional painting approach and breakthrough subject matter. He appropriated everyday objects and simple schemas like maps, targets, letters, and numbers.
These banal and ubiquitous elements were frequently encountered in daily life but were irrelevant to art. By repeatedly employing and experimenting with these motifs, Johns turned them into a continuous series. Johns also helped usher representation back into painting. As Pop Art emerged and evolved there was a newfound interest in the depictions of everyday, ordinary objects.
Completed in 1973, "Cups 2 Picasso" was created in honor of Picasso who passed away the same year. Picasso played a key role in Johns advancement as a printmaker and an artist in general. This work features two mirrored images of Picasso's profile silhouetted, creating the illusion of a goblet shaped vessel in between.
Illusion is key element throughout Johns oeuvre, often stretching the possibility or power of commonplace objects through clever use of color, shape, and composition.
Rich in historical references, this work recalls Marcel Duchamp's "Self-Portrait" (1958), another artist who Johns honored and took inspiration from throughout his career.
Johns' legacy includes numerous honors and awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the National Medal of Arts, and the title of "foremost living artist" by The New York Times.
Johns' works are highly sought by collectors and regularly sell for millions of dollars at auction. In 2010, one of Johns' works was sold for an astonishing $110 million. He has regularly been considered the most valuable living artist.
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"Cup 2 Picasso"
Lithograph on wove paper
Signed, dated and numbered by the artist
From an edition of 11
22"H 13.5"W (work)
27"H 18.5"W (framed)
Very good condition. Frame has minor wear.
Published by Universal Limited Art Editions, West Islip, New York
Note: two editions exist of this print. The first is an unnumbered with a printed signature version. The second, offered here, was a signed and numbered edition of only 11. Most examples of this numbered edition are already in institutions including the MoMA (New York) the National Gallery of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago, to mention a few.
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