Artwork: Alphabets
Size: 50.5 x 40.3 cm
Medium: Graphite wash, graphite and printed canvas board on illustration board
Creation year: 1957
Category: Drawings
Provenance: Leo Castelli Gallery, New York; Acquired from the above by the present owner, 1958
Exhibition history: New York, Leo Castelli Galler, Jasper Johns, January-February 1958; New York, Leo Castelli Gallery, Jasper Johns: Drawings and Sculptures and Lithographs, January-February 1961. Hartford, Wadsworth Atheneum, Black, White and Grey, January-February 1964; New York, Jewish Museum, Jasper Johns, February-April 1964, no. 87; London, Whitechapel Art Gallery, Jasper Johns: Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture 1954-1964, December 1964, no. 66; Pasadena Art Museum, Jasper Johns Retrospective, January-February 1965, no. 80; New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Painting and Sculpture 1940-1970, October 1969-February 1970, no. 145; New York, Leo Castelli Gallery, Jasper Johns: Drawings, January 1970; Oxford Museum of Modern Art; Sheffield, Mappin Art Gallery; Coventry, Herbert Art Gallery; Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery; Leeds, City Art Gallery and London, Serpentine Gallery, Jasper Johns Drawings, September 1974-April 1975, no. 5; no. 17 (Hayward); New York, Whitney Museum of American Art; Cologne, Museum Ludwig; Paris, Centre National d'Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou; Paris, Musee National d'Art Moderne; London, Hayward Gallery; Tokyo, Seibu Museum of Art and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Jasper Johns, October 1977-December 1978, no. 23, pl. 20 (illustrated). Washington, D.C., National Gallery of Art; Basel, Kunstmuseum; London, Hayward Gallery and New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, The Drawings of Jasper Johns, May 1990-February 1991, pp. 136-137, no 24 (illustrated in color); Munich, Bayerische Staatsgemaldesammlungen, Neue Pinakothek, Art as Rising above Barriers: John Cage and the Moderns, July-October 1991, p. 219, no. 55; New York, Museum of Modern Art; Cologne, Museum Ludwig and Tokyo, Museum of Contemporary Art, Jasper Johns: A Retrospective, October 1996-August 1997, pp. 142 and 404, no. 18 (illustrated in color); New York, Craig F. Starr Gallery, Jasper Johns/Georges Seurat Drawings, February-April 2008; Greensboro, University of North Carolina, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Works from the Robert Rosenblum Family: Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol, September-January 2011.

Date: 2012-05-08
Lot Number: 35