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Jasper Johns (American, b.1930)
LOT ID: 82386
Fragment - According To What, Bent Blue (second state), 1971

Lithograph, on Arches paper
25.5 х 38.75 in. (64.77 x 98.42 cm.)
Signed, and dated lower right, numbered lower left on recto. Gallery labels affixed to verso of frame.
Edition 10/66
Foundry/Publisher Gemini G.E.L., pub.
Lot description
This particular edition of "Fragment - According To What, Bent Blue (second state)" has a superb provenance, and bears the label of legendary Castelli Graphics, as well as labels from the renowned Galerie Kajforsblom and David Tunick Fine Art. It is beautifully framed with the original gallery frame and in fine condition.

Rarely available, "Fragment According to What? Bent Blue (Second State)" is one of the most significant and interesting Jasper Johns ever created. It is one of the series of famous "Fragments" prints, inspired by Johns' 16 foot 1964 chef d'oeuvre "According to What, which historians have called one of the most pivotal and disturbing works of his career.

This large color lithograph with newspaper transfer on Arches paper was created in 1971 and is the subject of an entire chapter of a book entitled "On Being Bent Blue: Second State: An introduction to Jacques Derrida/A Footnote on Jasper Johns" by Fred Orton. It is also featured in the widely read essay "Erasure in Art: Destruction, Deconstruction and Palimpsest" by Richard Gilpin (February 1998).

This classic Jasper Johns work, published in a limited edition of only 66, is rarely to market as many of the other editions are in the permanent collection of major museums worldwide such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Phillips Collection and LACMA.

This work is fully referenced in the Prints of Jasper Johns 1960-1993. A Catalogue Raisonné, Richard S. Field, as well as The Prints of Jasper Johns: A Catalogue Raisonne, 1960-1999 by Universal Limited Art Editions
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Fragment - According To What, Bent Blue (second state) by Jasper Johns
  • Fragment - According To What, Bent Blue (second state) by Jasper Johns
  • Fragment - According To What, Bent Blue (second state) by Jasper Johns
  • Fragment - According To What, Bent Blue (second state) by Jasper Johns
  • Fragment - According To What, Bent Blue (second state) by Jasper Johns
  • Fragment - According To What, Bent Blue (second state) by Jasper Johns
  • Fragment - According To What, Bent Blue (second state) by Jasper Johns
  • Fragment - According To What, Bent Blue (second state) by Jasper Johns
  • Fragment - According To What, Bent Blue (second state) by Jasper Johns
  • Fragment - According To What, Bent Blue (second state) by Jasper Johns
  • Fragment - According To What, Bent Blue (second state) by Jasper Johns
  • Fragment - According To What, Bent Blue (second state) by Jasper Johns
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