Each month Rare Posters Inc. offers bespoke research and analysis on the most valuable and collectable modern and contemporary artists of today. These valuations offer a snapshot view into the trends of today’s art market and can help art lovers build valuable assets and investments with the art they love. This December Rare Posters Inc. covers the artist Jasper Johns (b. 1930).
The American contemporary artist Jasper Johns (b.1930) works primarily in painting and printmaking. Johns had his first solo show in 1958 at the Leo Castelli Gallery. This is where Alfred Barr, director of the Museum of Modern Art, purchased the museum’s first four artworks by the artist. in 1963 Jasper Johns and John Cage founded the non-profit Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts which supports artist creating contemporary and groundbreaking work in all disciplines through grant programs. Today over 900 visual artists have donated works through 13 benefit exhibitions to support this mission.
Jasper Johns is most celebrated for his large-scale painting of the American flag entitled Flag (1954), which demonstrates Johns’s early technique of painting thickly over found and collaged materials. During the 1960s and 70s, Johns created over 40 works based on the flag, and it became his top selling work at auction in 2010 when it sold for $28.6 million at Christie’s. John’s work Map (1961) is the second most renowned composition by the artist wherein he uses stenciled words and numbers applied with expressive encaustic to produce his monumental map of the United States. These two pieces truly display John’s artistic use of classical iconography such as maps, flags, targets, letters and numbers - at tendency which places him in between the Pop-Art and Abstract Expressionist schools.
The oeuvre of Jasper Johns form the cornerstone of top Museum collections around the world and he has become the second most expensive living American artists today. Johns’ s original prints and museum exhibition posters have tripled or quadrupled over the last 2 decades as they become increasingly rare. Between 1997 and 2007 his poster Ventriloquist, MoMA rose in value from $60 to $125, Target (1974) rose from $25 to $75, and Recent Still-life rose from $100 to $1500 in 2008. Post-recession John’s posters have become even more valuable. Between 1997 and 2013 Savarin Coffee Can went up from $60 to $350, Map went up from $60 to $375, Moratorium went up from $20 in $900. This means that as an investment for art lovers and collectors alike, Jasper Johns will not likely decrease in value any time soon.
- By Jason-Louise A. Graham
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