Painting with Two Balls (1960) by Jasper Johns

Painting with Two Balls - Jasper Johns - 1960

Artwork Information

TitlePainting with Two Balls
ArtistJasper Johns
MediumEncaustic and collage on Canvas with objects
Dimensions165.1 x 137.2 cm (65 x 54 in.)
Current LocationCollection of the Artist

About Painting with Two Balls

Jasper Johns’ “Painting with Two Balls I” is a sixteen-foot-long color lithograph that features wooden spheres revealing the painting’s canvas panels and creating a gap in the painted surface. The work, which was created in 1962, was printed and published by Universal Limited Art Editions, Inc. It also includes several found objects attached to the painted surface such as a cast of legs, metal letters, a coat hanger, and a chair.

Jasper Johns is an American painter renowned for his association with abstract expressionism, Neo-Dada art movements and pop art. His works have sold for millions of dollars at sales and auctions. Two-Ball Painting I breaks down the barrier between artistic representation and physical reality with its depiction of tangible elements such as wooden balls lodged in the painting’s borders.

The painting’s unique quality lies within its individual unit that reveals subtle depth hidden behind intrinsically placed shapes in every feature utilized by Jasper John on this artwork. “Painting with Two Balls I’s” artistic significance lies in its contribution to modern art movement marked by technical innovation that has revolutionized traditional perceptions towards fine arts while creatively exploring fresh subjects featuring different artworks other than typical portraits or landscapes.

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