Gray Alphabets

  • Gemini G.E.L., Bruce Lowney, Kenneth E. Tyler, Charles Ritt, Jasper Johns, Gray Alphabets, 1968, 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
Artists
Gemini G.E.L. (Publisher)
Bruce Lowney (Printer)
Charles Ritt (Printer)
Date
1968
On View
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

Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract
  • Object – letter
Object Number
1988.18.19
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