JASPER JOHNS: Catalogue Raisonné of Painting and SculptureROBERTA BERNSTEIN ET AL Book Number: 89776 Product format: Hardback
Weighing in at an incredible 16kg, this box set is tremendously heavy and incredibly well designed and produced for protecting this rare 2016 first edition imported art book set published by Yale University Press in five volumes. 'To those who have yet to discover the art of Jasper Johns, with my wish that it enriches their lives as much as it has mine.' For more than 60 years, Jasper Johns (born 1930) has aroused the senses in ways that challenge habits of perception and has remained a singular figure in contemporary art. His depictions of everyday objects and signs such as flags, targets, flashlights and lightbulbs helped change the face of the art world in the 1950s by introducing subject matter that stood in contrast to the prevailing style of Abstract Expressionism. The American painter, sculptor and print worker is also associated with Neo-Dada and Pop Art and well known for his depictions of the American Flag on an Orange Field 1957 and flags in collages on canvas or encaustic. Targets, numbers, alphabets, working in sculp-metal on wood frames or in oil, his influences from Monet and Magritte are shown alongside his own work. Abstract patterns like stripes and circles characterise the combination of symbol and medium in his work and he often used encaustic as a painting method to create bumpy, textured surfaces unusual in painting. He also often used plaster reliefs in his paintings such as Targets with Four Faces 1955. As a sculptor, he first makes his sculptures in wax, working the surfaces in a complex pattern of textures and adding elements such as impressions of newsprint or of a key or a foot or his own hands and then casts the waxes in bronze, finally applying the patina. Flashlight is one of his earliest pedal-based sculptures and another Fragment of A Letter 2009 incorporates part of a letter from Vincent Van Gogh to a friend. Numbers of 2007 is the largest single bronze Johns has made and depicts his now classic pattern of stencilled numerals repeated as a grid. Johns also produces intaglio prints, sculptures and lithographs and for decades has worked with other artists to raise funds for Merce Cunningham's choreography. In 1964 architect Philip Johnson a friend commissioned Johns to make a piece for what is now the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center - Numbers is an enormous 9ft by 7ft grid of numerals and was supposed to be sold by the centre for a reported $15 million. In his later years, Johns's art has increasingly engaged issues of memory and mortality often incorporating references to admired artistic predecessors. This definitive five volume Catalogue Raisonné documents the entire body of painting and sculpture made from 1954 to 2014 encompassing 355 paintings and 86 sculptures, each illustrated with a full page reproduction. 2017 first edition, Yale University Press. 1578pp. Colour. UK delivery only.
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