Jasper Johns painting a work from Regrets in his Connecticut studio
Jasper Johns, arguably the most important living Post War and Contemporary artist
At 85, Jasper Johns, arguably the most important living post war and contemporary artist, continues to win praise and receive prominent museum exhibitions including the 2014 Jasper Johns Regrets, exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, a series of 20 paintings, watercolors, pastels and prints which traveled to the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere; Ann Tempkin, MoMA chief curator of painting and sculpture, stated Jasper Johns Regrets "opens a window to Johns’ creative process.“
Jasper Johns Picture Puzzles, the 2014 exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, a survey of 25 works created over 6 decades. Jasper Johns and John Lund: Masters in the Print Studio, a 2014 museum exhibition at The Mattatuck Museum, highlighting a 30 year collaboration of 70 print editions created by Jasper Johns and John Lund, Johns' master printer since 1973
Jasper Johns established an an all time auction world record when Flag, fetched $36 million at Sotheby's, in November 2014. A print Post-War and Contemporary record was also set when Jasper Johns Savarin Monotype (ULAE S36) fetched $1.3 million, from the estate of Michael Crichton.
For six decades, Jasper Johns has been Internationally recognized for his iconic images of Targets, Maps, Flags, Numbers, Crosshatch, and Alphabets, right after the Museum of Modern Art acquired Jasper Johns' breakthrough American Flag painting in 1958.
Renowned for his masterful paintings, Jasper Johns ranks among the world's greatest printmakers, often compared to Picasso, Rembrandt and da Vinci. For Jasper Johns, printmaking encourages experimentation through the ease with which it allows him to pursue new directions. Jasper Johns innovative contributions to screenprints, etchings, linocuts and lithography have revolutionized the field of prints; incredibly, over six decades Jasper Johns has created over 450 limited print editions, plus scores of unique trial proofs, monotypes, hand colored proofs, etc.
In 2007, the National Gallery of Art, acquired 1,700 Jasper Johns prints comprised of lithographs, etchings, relief prints and screenprints, including unique trial proofs and progressive proofs. The National Gallery of Art now boasts the largest, comprehensive repository of Jasper Johns' extraordinary six decade print career.
Ranging across Jasper Johns's entire career—from his breakthrough paintings of the 1950's, which paved the way for the subsequent development of pop art and minimalism, Jasper Johns has had numerous museum retrospectives throughout his career, including paintings, drawings, prints as well as a host of other themes; recent highlights include the landmark 1997 exhibition "Jasper Johns: A Retrospective" at the Museum of Modern Art, curated by Kirk Varnedoe and the breathtaking 2008 "Jasper Johns: Gray" at the Art Institute of Chicago and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Jasper Johns limited edition prints can be found in numerous museum collections around the world, including: Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Smithsonian American Art Museum Washington, D.C. and Art Institute of Chicago.
View the Joseph K. Levene Fine Art, Ltd., selection of iconic Jasper Johns Prints from the Artist’s Flags, Maps, Targets, Numbers, Savarin, Crosshatch and Seasons Series. These Jasper Johns prints represent the artist's best collaborations with important print publishers, including Universal Limited Art Editions (U.L.A.E.), Simca, Petersburg Press, Inc., Low Road Studios and Gemini G.E.L.