Jasper Johns. False Start I. 1962

Jasper Johns

False Start I


composition (irreg.): 17 11/16 x 13 7/8" (45 x 35.2 cm); sheet: 29 15/16 x 22 1/4" (76 x 56.5 cm)
Universal Limited Art Editions, West Islip, New York
Universal Limited Art Editions, West Islip, New York
Gift of the Celeste and Armand Bartos Foundation
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Art © Jasper Johns and U.L.A.E. / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY Published by U.L.A.E.
Drawings and Prints
This work is not on view.
Jasper Johns has 355 works  online.
There are 21,549 prints online.

In this work Johns plays with perceptual cues, posing the linguistic against the visual by mismatching the words for colors with the inks they are printed in—for example, writing the word "yellow" in blue ink. Johns printed a second composition in grays and black using the same stones, a strategy that became one of his common practices in printmaking.

Gallery label from Artistic Collaborations: 50 Years at Universal Limited Art Editions, January 17–May 21, 2007

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