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JASPER JOHNS / IN PRESS
The Crosshatch Works and the Logic of Print

Catalogue to the exhibition
Harvard Art Museums / Arthur M. Sackler Museum
Cambridge, 22.5–18.8.2012

Centering on The Dutch Wives, a double-panel encaustic-and-newsprint painting in the artist’s signature “crosshatch“ motif, this catalogue explores the impact of print on the work of Jasper Johns. The two panels are imperfect duplicates of each other, thus evoking issues of replication that are native to reproductive media. The book examines “print“ and “the press“ in terms not only of printmaking and Johns’s celebrated experiments in that medium, but also in informational terms, tracing Johns’s frequent use of newsprint and its material, temporal, political, and formal implications. The publication also features prints and drawings by Johns that help demonstrate the aspects of printmaking that inform his entire oeuvre: repetition, reversal, indexicality, layering, sequencing, and topology.

 

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The cover is combined of embossed lettering on grey board, and cloth tape, with a nice short dust jacket wrapped around.
The layout is inspired by the vertical movement of a rotation press.

Matching to the topic of the catalogue and the exhibition, I used the beautiful, newspaper typeface Abril Text by Veronika Burian & José Scaglione from typetogether for the body texts and some parts of the captions.
For headlines and caption headlines, I used my dear friend Karl-Heinz Lange’s (1929–2010) beautiful PTL Superla (former Super Grotesk by VEB Typoart).

My regards go to Julika Zimmermann (editor) and Katja Jäger (production) of Hatje Cantz Berlin. Many thanks to the team of the Harvard Art Museum for having made this beautiful book possible.

Hatje Cantz, 2012
The Crosshatch Works and the Logic of Print
2012. 96 pp., 32 color ills.
25.30 x 33.10 cm
hardcover