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JASPER JOHNS
Untitled (ULAE S46)
monotype in colors, 1983, on Arches 88 paper, signed and dated in pencil, with the ULAE blindstamp, West Islip, New York, the full sheet, in excellent condition, framed
S. 37½ X 96½ in. (953 x 2451 mm.)
Exhibited
New York, Museum of Modern Art, Jasper Johns: A Print Retrospective, May-August, 1986 (catalogue numbers ???).

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One of eighteen unique monotypes based on a crosshatch painting of 1979. Using the primary colors of red, blue and yellow which are so characteristic of Johns work, he builds up a complicated pattern of mirrored cross hatched lines. The series was printed from Mylar plates with the assistance of Bill Goldston at ULAE. Johns had first made monotypes in 1978 when he produced a series of Savarin images, each one including a monotype element. Or the series of untitled monotypes from 1983, each being unique in that although some plates were revised during production, the order in which the plates are used and in the color combinations which are extended to the green, purple and bronze varies with every piece. The current example subtly blends both color schemes.

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