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Gray Alphabets

1968 Jasper Johns Born: Augusta, Georgia 1930 Gemini G.E.L. (Publisher) Bruce Lowney (Printer) Kenneth E. Tyler (Printer) Charles Ritt (Printer) color lithograph on paper image: 51 x 34 in. (129.5 x 86.4 cm) sheet: 60 x 42 in. (152.4 x 106.7 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Transfer from the National Endowment for the Arts 1988.18.19 Not currently on view


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Jasper Johns transformed symbols and objects into subjects for art. He took a close look at letters and numbers, targets and flags, and built his career on repetitively depicting these age-old motifs. In Gray Alphabets, Johns filled a grid with a continuous, repeating sequence of the letters a through z. The image resembles the movable type in a printer’s forme, while the nuanced shading of each letter retains the personal touch of the artist’s hand.


Pop Art Prints, 2014

Keywords

Abstract

Object - letter

graphic arts - print

paper - special arjomari

lithograph - color

About Jasper Johns

Born: Augusta, Georgia 1930

About Gemini G.E.L.

About Bruce Lowney

Born: Los Angeles, California 1937

About Kenneth E. Tyler

Born: East Chicago, Indiana 1931

About Charles Ritt

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