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Jasper Johns

b. 1930

"Light Bulb," from the "Lead Reliefs" series, 1969

Lead relief multiple
Edition: 40/60 (there were also ten artist's proofs)
With the incised signature, date, and number at the upper left: J Johns; Gemini G.E.L, Los Angeles, CA, prntr./pub., and with their blindstamp; in the publisher's original welded aluminum frame with polystyrene and wood backing
39" H x 17" W

  • Provenance: Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles, CA
    The Marmor Family Collection, acquired from the above, May 23, 1969
  • Literature: Universal Limited Art Editions 75; Field 121; Gemini 132
  • Notes: Johns once said, "I'm always interested in the physical form of whatever I'm doing and often repeat an image in another physical form just to see what happens, what the difference is, to see what it is that connects them and what it is that separates them." This lot is accompanied by the Gemini G.E.L. documentation sheet and sales invoice dated May 23, 1969, and four slides of the Jasper Johns installation at the Stanford Art Museum in 1998.
  • Condition: Overall good condition for a work of this size in this medium. A pencil-thin, approximately 13" horizontal surface scuff across the lower section of the electric cord, possibly inherent in the original manufacture. A slight surface dent, approximately one inch long, across the upper right corner. As is common with these lead relief multiples, there are occasional scattered small surface scuffs and slight abrasions, some areas with delicate surface pitting, and occasional fingerprints or small areas of oxidation near the outer edges, all visible primarily in raking light.

    The work, in the publisher's original welded aluminum frame, is framed under Plexiglas: 39.5" H x 18" W x 2" D

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