b. 1930
  • United States
Turnover 2023
$USD 7.982.409
Record Sale
$USD 55.350.000

Jasper Johns’ artistic journey unfolded against the backdrop of a rapidly changing artistic landscape. In the mid-1950s, Johns emerged as a central figure in the burgeoning Pop Art movement with his groundbreaking series of flag and target paintings. These works, characterized by their meticulous rendering and iconic imagery, marked a profound departure from the prevailing abstract expressionist trends of the time. Johns’ innovative approach extended to his use of everyday objects and symbols, transforming them into intricate artworks that invited viewers to engage in deeper contemplation about representation and meaning. His focus on the process of creation, materiality, and the blurring of art and life contributed to the evolution of Neo-Dadaism and paved the way for subsequent generations of conceptual and minimalist artists.

Throughout his career, Johns continued to explore new avenues of artistic expression, from his “Numbers” and “Alphabet” series to his incorporation of collages and sculptural elements. His collaborations with fellow artists, poets, and musicians further emphasized his multidisciplinary approach to creativity. Jasper Johns’ influence on the art world is immeasurable. His ability to challenge conventional norms while maintaining a deep reverence for tradition has left an indelible mark on the trajectory of contemporary art. He remains a beacon of innovation and originality, an artist who questioned the very essence of representation and created a lasting dialogue between art and the viewer.


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Jasper JOHNS (1930)
Small False Start (1960)

Lot # 30
Encaustic, acrylic, paper collage/fiberboard
55.6 x 46.4 cm
Hammer price: $ 48,000,000
Price including buyer’s premium: $ 55,350,000
Estimate: $ 45,000,000 – $ 65,000,000
Visionary: The Paul G. Allen Collection Part I
09 nov 2022
New York NY, United States.

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