191 Ale Cans

JASPER JOHNS (1930-)

Ale Cans, 1967-1969
Etching on handmade paper
Edition of 40, 6/40
Frame: 29 ½ x 23 ½ inches, paper: 24 ½ x 19 ½ inches, image: 3 ½ x
3 ½ inches

Perhaps the most important pioneer in the Pop Art movement, American artist Jasper Johns is often seen as the bridge between Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art. He is perhaps best know for his series of the American flag, targets, maps and numbers, and his rapid method of painting with large gestural brushstrokes, combining collage and sculpture on the painted surface using a complex medium of pigments mixed in melted wax and applied over a three dimensional surface. He chooses subject matter so familiar that the viewer can cease to think about it and concentrate on the poetic qualities of the picture itself. Johns calls attention to the picture’s surface by varying its texture. His importance as a formal innovator is evidenced by his attitudes toward space and shape and his ability to identify the image with the shape and dimension of the entire pictorial field. He produced many preparatory sketches in different mediums before attempting his work.