Jasper Johns: From Plate to PrintElizabeth C. DeRose, Jasper Johns
Printmaking has been integral to the work of preeminent American painter Jasper Johns (born 1930) throughout his career. He approaches each project with a thorough knowledge of the medium, exploiting its intrinsic characteristics—mark-making, replication, reversal, layering, fragmentation, and memory. Jasper Johns: From Plate to Print focuses on an untitled 1999 intaglio print by the artist, featuring the working proofs, trial proofs, and progressives leading up to the final print, as well as the five plates used in its creation. The exhibition offers a rare opportunity to explore the artistic and mechanical process of printmaking while providing a glimpse into the artist’s creative process—his development of motifs, color choices, and graphic enhancement.