Jasper Johns X Barnett Newman

Barnett Newman, Untitled, 1961, lithograph, 30x 22 in., ed.30, this one: MoMA

Jasper Johns has one of Barnett Newman’s first lithographs, Untitled, 1961, which Newman made at the urging of Cleve Gray, his artist friend who taught at Pratt.

Jasper Johns, Racing Thoughts, 1983, 121 x 191 cm, collection: Whitney Museum

Johns included the Newman print as an element in several of his trompe l’oeil-style paintings in the 1980s. The first, I think—I will doublecheck the catalogue raisonné later; right now I’m just trying to procrastinate something else—was Racing Thoughts, in 1983. That painting is now at the Whitney.

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