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Art & Design

Jasper Johns
American, b. 1930
Donn Horatio Steward, printer
American, b. 1921
Universal Limited Art Editions, publisher
Numbers, From the Portfolio, 1st Etchings, 2nd State, 1967-1981
Etching and open-bite with pen and ink and brush and wash on cream paper
Plate: 33 x 24.5 cm (13 x 9 5/8 inches)
Gift of Malcolm G. Chace, Jane Chace Carroll, and Eliot Chace Nolen, in memory of their parents Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Chace, Jr. 1997.14

Universal Limited Art Editions Donn Horatio Steward Jasper Johns

Numbers

Jasper Johns
American, b. 1930
Donn Horatio Steward, printer
American, b. 1921
Universal Limited Art Editions, publisher
Numbers, From the Portfolio, 1st Etchings, 2nd State, 1967-1981
Etching and open-bite with pen and ink and brush and wash on cream paper
Plate: 33 x 24.5 cm (13 x 9 5/8 inches)
Gift of Malcolm G. Chace, Jane Chace Carroll, and Eliot Chace Nolen, in memory of their parents Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Chace, Jr. 1997.14

Jasper Johns first used numbers as a subject in a series of paintings in 1955. By continually reworking the motif in a variety of sensuous materials and techniques, he underlines the endless choices people have in actions and experiences. In 1960, he started layering the numbers 0 through 9 on top of each other and created illusions of three-dimensional space from the two-dimensional symbols. In this piece, Johns began with the etching from Numbers (1967-1969), from the portfolio 1st Etchings, 2nd State, and in 1981 drew over it with tonal ink washes and loose parallel and crosshatched lines. He framed the entire piece in dark brush-strokes tightly containing the numbers which challenge interpretation beyond the passage of time and change.


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