JASPER JOHNS (B. 1930)
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JASPER JOHNS (B. 1930)

Corpse and Mirror

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JASPER JOHNS (B. 1930)
Corpse and Mirror
screenprint in colors, on Nishinouchi Kizuki Kozo paper watermark Corpse and Mirror, 1976, signed and dated in pencil, numbered 23⁄65 (there were also eight artist's proofs in Roman numerals), co-published by the artist and Simca Print Artists, Inc., New York, with the Simca blindstamp, with full margins, in generally very good condition, framed
Image: 36 1⁄2 x 47 in. (927 x 1194 mm.)
Sheet: 42 7⁄8 x 53 in. (1089 x 1346 mm.)
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Beginning in 1972, Johns developed a particular method of crosshatched marks that emulated the look of traditional shading, a technique he continued until 1983. In the large-scale, technically complex masterwork Corpse and Mirror, a kaleidoscopic array of diagonal colors in primary hues of red, yellow and blue displays the artist at the height of his powers. Resulting from thirty-six different screens, Corpse and Mirror displays an exuberant field of bright, rich and joyous color whose simplicity belies the technical complexity of its creation. Arranged along a vertical axis, the two sides of the picture plane appear as mirror images of each other, yet they are further bifurcated by horizontal seams. Any attempt to line up the mirrored images will be thwarted, however, as Johns deliberately complicates and distorts the image, resulting in a carnivalesque hall-of-mirrors effect that boggles the mind but delights the eye. Corpse and Mirror is one of three prints based on Johns’ 1974 painting of the same name; its title refers to the drawing game favored by the Surrealists called “exquisite corpse.”

“The mirror reflects whatever
Is not in the mirror
In some way the mirror reflects whatever
is not in the mirror
In some way the mirror
Shows 'what we do not
Otherwise see.’
Corpse & mirror
Once the symmetrical image
Has been established—continue the work
Mirroring all marks” – Jasper Johns

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