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Selected Jasper Johns Prints on Exhibit

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

jasperjohns_1978_savarin3redWe’ve seen Picasso and Warhol. Now it’s time for yet another artistic founding father, Jasper Johns, to shine at the Robert and Karen Hoehn Family Galleries in Founders Hall.

From April 22 through June 14, a collection of selected lithographic and intaglio prints that were produced from 1963-2008 will be displayed chronologically. The showing will include five prints and a copper printing plate on loan from the artist. Other prints in the show have been gathered from U.L.A.E. (a print workshop in Long Island where Johns has worked since 1960); the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Gemini G.E.L.; the San Diego Museum of Art; and the University of California, Los Angeles.

Featured in the exhibit is the 1978 lithograph, Savarin 3 (Red). The print, shown here, was made using hand and finger prints as well as six different plates in varying shades of red. The hue is a fitting color considering the subject matter: a red, vintage Savarin coffee can filled with artist brushes, based on Johns’ 1960 sculpture, Painted Bronze.

Guest curator John Digesare of the San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park focused his master’s thesis on the artist. “Johns is widely regarded as one of the most influential American artists of generations,” Digesare says. “He’s arguably one of the most important printmakers today.”

The curator points out that the artist’s career longevity is testament to that: “Over the course of 49 years, [Johns] has published 299 different prints in different mediums.”

— Stefanie Wray

There will be a gallery reception on Thursday, April 23, 2009 from 5-7 p.m. For more information about the exhibit, call (619) 260-4261. Gallery hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays, noon to 6 p.m.; Fridays through Sundays, noon to 4:30 p.m.


Photo credit: Lithograph from six aluminum plates on Richard De Bas paper
Edition: 1 of 3 Printer’s proofs
26 X 20 1/2 in. (66 X 52.1 cm)
Published by Universal Limited Art Editions
ULAE 193
© Jasper Johns/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
Courtesy of Universal Limited Art Editions, Inc

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