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JOHNS, Jasper

Four Panels from Untitled 1972

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Like much of Johns's work in lithography, Four Panels from Untitled relates to a painting on canvas to which objects have been affixed. The cross-hatchings, used here for the first time and so named by Johns, and the flagstone patterns are interrelated in the way they came into being. Both were seen from a car window; the former derived from designs the artist saw fleetingly on a car on the Long Island Expressway. The flagstone pattern he also glimpsed briefly on a painted wall in Harlem. When he returned to photograph the site, he could not find it, so recreated it from memory. Johns was partial to both these motifs, although he employed the cross-hatching more expansively. 'It had all the qualities that interest me—literalness, repetitiveness, an obsessive quality, order with dumbness, and the possibility of complete lack of meaning. They become very complex with the possibilities of gesture and

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The complete set of four lithographs printed in colors with embossing, 1973-74, each signed in pencil, inscribed 'A/D', 'B/D', 'C/D' and 'D/D' respectively and numbered from the edition of 45 (total edition includes ten artist's proofs), the first dated, on Laurence Barker handmade paper, with the blindstamp of the printer and publisher, Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles, sheets 104 x 74 cm. (40.9 x 29.1 in.)


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