JASPER JOHNS, Red Yellow Blue, 2012 [beach towel]

JASPER JOHNS, Red Yellow Blue, 2012
178 x 153 cm / 60 x 70 inches
beach towel
published by Art Production Fund: Works On Whatever, New York, USA

Jasper Johns’s sense of the distinction between saying and showing produced a memorable declaration: ‘When you begin to work with the idea of suggesting, say, a particular psychological state of affairs, you have eliminated so much from the process of painting that you make an artificial statement which is, I think, not desirable. I think one has to work with everything and accept the kind of statement which results as unavoidable, or as a helpless situation. I think that most art which begins to make a statement fails to make a statement because the methods used are too schematic or too artificial. I think that one wants from painting a sense of life. The final suggestion, the final statement, has to be not a deliberate statement but a helpless statement.’

History of price:
Art Production Fund: Works On Whatever, New York, USA $ 95.- September 2012 (year of issue)

JASPER JOHNS, Target, 1970

JASPER JOHNS, Target, 1970
27 x 22 cm / 10 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
watercolour pads and brush, plastic clam-shell box containing prints
signature in print
published by Gemini G.E.L., New York City / Museum of Modern Art. 1971
not available


This publication was produced in conjunction with an exhibition at MoMa in New York called “Technics and Creativity: Gemini G.E.L.” The box contains a catalogue with 364 illustrations of which 20 in colour, a catalogue raisonné of Gemini’s production and a multiple ‘Target 1970’ of Jasper Johns.