Jasper Johns Monotypes at Matthew Marks Gallery

Matthew Marks is pleased to announce Jasper Johns Monotypes, the next exhibition in his gallery at 522 West 22nd Street. The exhibition includes forty-one monotypes created between 1978 and 2015, many of which are being shown publicly for the first time.

A monotype is a unique print in which the artist draws on a hard plate, usually metal, before laying a sheet of paper on top and running it through a press, transferring the image to the paper. Typically printed from a single application of ink, monotypes have an immediacy more akin to drawing than printmaking. Because of the medium’s unpredictability, monotypes are experimental by nature, which may explain their special appeal for Johns.

In the late 1970s, Johns began using monotype as a means of reworking his lithographs. The exhibition’s earliest works depict a Savarin coffee can filled with paintbrushes, the subject of his 1960 sculpture Painted Bronze. As Johns said in a 1979 interview, “I like to repeat an image in another medium to observe the play between the two: the image and the medium.”


Opening Reception May 5th 6-8pm

Start Date

May 6, 2016

End Date

June 25, 2016


10:00 AM - 06:00 PM


Matthew Marks Gallery, 522 W. 22nd St, New York, NY

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