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 Johnsâ€™ 1960 sculpture, Painted Bronze.
Guest curator John Digesare of the San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park focused his masterâ€™s thesis on the artist. â€œJohns is widely regarded as one of the most influential American artists of generations,â€ Digesare says. â€œHeâ€™s arguably one of the most important printmakers today.â€
The curator points out that the artistâ€™s career longevity is testament to that: â€œOver the course of 49 years, [Johns] has published 299 different prints in different mediums.â€
â€” 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 Printerâ€™s proofs
26 X 20 1/2 in. (66 X 52.1 cm)
Published by Universal Limited Art Editions
Â© Jasper Johns/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
Courtesy of Universal Limited Art Editions, Inc