Target was John's first foray into the art of printmaking and is the first of his prints published by ULAE. The target is one of the images most identified with Johns, and is a subject he has explored fourteen different times through lithography, etching and screenprinting.
Tatyana Grosman, founder of Universal Limited Art Editions (ULAE), persuaded Johns to work in her modest printing studio on Long Island in 1960. Grosman and her husband came to America from Europe and brought with them the French tradition of the peintres-gravures, or the painter as printmaker. At the time, there was no printmaking workshop in America that provided a place for painters to explore lithography, the most painterly of printmaking techniques. Grosman created a supportive enviroment for young artists like Jasper Johns, Larry Rivers, Fritz Glarner, Robert Motherwell, Barnett Newman and James Rosenquist, who made their first prints with Grosman and remained faithful to ULAE's professional and dedicated pursuit of quality printmaking. It is not unusual, therefore, that many of the prints in this sale bear the ULAE blindstamp.