Gray Alphabets

  • Jasper Johns, Gray Alphabets, 1968, color lithograph on paper, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the National Endowment for the Arts, 1988.18.19

Exhibition Label
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
Title
Gray Alphabets
Artist
Printers
Publisher
Date
1968
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
image: 51 x 34 in. (129.5 x 86.4 cm)
sheet: 60 x 42 in. (152.4 x 106.7 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Transfer from the National Endowment for the Arts

Mediums Description
color lithograph on paper
Classifications
Keywords
  • Object – letter
  • Abstract
Object Number
1988.18.19
Palette
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