Jasper Johns Four Panels from Untitled 1972 (ULAE 149)
This important four-panel print by Jasper Johns is held in the Museum of Modern Art's permanent collection, and has been collected by several of the world's top contemporary art museums. We are pleased to offer it to you for your own collection.
"Jasper Johns is one of the most significant and influential American painters of the twentieth century. He also ranks with Dürer, Rembrandt, Goya, Munch, and Picasso as one of the greatest printmakers of any era."
-Nan Goldberg, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Born in 1930, Jasper Johns and his friends Robert Rauschenberg, Merce Cunningham, and John Cage transformed the history of art. Johns's works feature "things the mind already knows" like the American flag, patterns he sees reflected on a wall, or light dancing on water. This suite of prints Turner Carroll offers includes iconic Johns compositions inspired by flagstone shapes, light bouncing energetically off surfaces as indicated in the cross-hatching, and a crucifixion-like motif in the fourth panel, comprised of images of Johns's stretcher bars with figural references attached.
This print is "one of Johns's most structurally and conceptually intricate prints...The print is based on Untitled (1972), a four panel painting containing Johns's first cross-hatched motif."
-Wendy Weitman, The Museum of Modern Art
Johns "embarked on a ten-year period in which crosshatching would be the exclusive subject of his paintings...Crosshatching has been used since the Middle Ages to create illusions of space and light and shade. As Johns repeatedly worked with crosshatching, gradually making the motif more his own , he was mining a fundamental unit in his existing artistic vocabulary, elaborating and magnifying something intimately familiar."
-Virginia Museum of Fine Art
Johns was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 1988, the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011, and his work is included in the permanent collections of the Tate Gallery in London, the Museum of Modern Art, NY, the National Gallery of Arts in Washington DC, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, The Royal Academy in London, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art among others.
As one of the most prestigious and collected artists in the world, Johns's artworks have been highly sought after since his first one-person exhibition at the Leo Castelli Gallery in 1958, when The Museum of Modern Art acquired three pieces from that exhibition. Works by Johns have set multiple auction and private sale records for a work by a living artist. In 2014, his work U.S. Flag sold for $36 million dollars.