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Title

Leg and Chair

Artist

Jasper Johns (American, born 1930)

Date

1971

Medium

lithograph on paper

Edition

65/66

Dimensions (H x W x D)

35 in x 29 1/2 in

Inscriptions & Markings

edition: 65/66, upper left

signature; date: J Johns '71, lower left

Collection Area

Graphic Arts

Category

Prints

Object Type

planographic print

Culture

American

Credit Line

Gift of Karen and Harry Groth

Accession Number

73.30.1

Copyright

© Jasper Johns/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Terms

chairs

lithography

paper

planographic printing

planographic prints

Description

Leg and Chair is part of a series of prints Jasper Johns made in 1971, related to his seminal painting "According to What" (1964). Painted just after his first retrospective exhibition, it gathers disparate and previously used motifs and techniques, and can be seen as the summary of his artistic development. He refers to the painting in his "Sketchbook Notes" (published in 1965), "The watchman falls 'into' the trap of looking." The upside down figure, then, becomes the viewer or critic. This reflects Johns's ongoing interest in provoking the spectator to note illusion, transformation, and habits of viewing.

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