Jasper Johns American
Printer Robert Blackburn American
Publisher Universal Limited Art Editions American

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Florence and Joseph Singer were discerning collectors of contemporary American prints. Among the more than one hundred works they gifted to The Met were thirty-one important early prints and portfolios by Johns, including Target, the first print he editioned and published. In 1960, Tatyana Grosman gave Johns a lithographic stone to entice him to make prints at Universal Limited Art Editions (ULAE), her fine art print publishing company. Johns, new to the technique, drew a bull’s-eye-like target on the stone as it was easy to create, symmetrical, and did not need to be drawn in reverse. As both image and object, the target is a motif closely associated with Johns. He debuted the form in 1955 and has subsequently engaged it in various configurations and mediums over the decades.

Target, Jasper Johns (American, born Augusta, Georgia, 1930), Lithograph

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