Target With Four Faces

Target With Four Faces

Artefact



1969.007.001
1968
This 1968 screenprint is a print featuring the target that set in motion Johns' visual language. The printed image mimics a unique work of the same name from 1955 that is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York in which an actual open hinged wooden box sits above a concentric circled target. The silkscreen of a person's lips and nose in black run on top of orange evokes the plaster casts of the older unique work. A run of scrawled black cursive lines runs across the top of the entire print, further detailing them in areas, making the print edition an entirely different interpretation of this compositional idea. Johns labels in tiny words, "hinge" in the gap between the "cover" of the box and the faces. 

This print is number 44 of an edition of 100, and was printed by the artist in part for the benefit of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. The work is signed and dated in red pen on the lower right, and edition number in pencil on the lower left. Published by Aetna Printing Co., US.
lithograph on paper
Print
Collection of the University of Saskatchewan. Purchase, 1969.