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Light Bulb

Jasper Johns, American, b. May 15, 1930

Creation date: 1969
Creation place: United States

Other Information

Type: Lead Relief Print
Medium and Support: Lead
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Norton S. Walbridge
Accession Number: 1991.14
State/Province: California
Dimensions: 38 3/4 in. x 16 7/8 in. (98.43 cm x 42.86 cm)

Provenance

Jasper Johns, (1969 - 1969)

Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles, California (1969 - February 11, 1972)

Mr. and Mrs. Norton S. Walbridge, La Jolla, California (February 11, 1972 - May 30, 1991)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (May 30, 1991 - )

Label Copy

October 18, 2914
Anita Feldman, Deputy Director of Collections and Exhibitons
Jasper Johns
American • 1930–
Light Bulb
Lead relief • 1967
Light Bulb is one of five lead reliefs that Johns completed in 1969 at Gemini G.E.L., an important printmaking studio in Los Angeles. For this work, Johns created a model in wax from which metal and epoxy molds were made. It was originally intended to be embossed in paper, but thin sheets of lead were substituted to withstand the pressure of the hydraulic press. Published in an edition of 60, each lead relief is unique owing to variations in the natural oxidation. Though the light bulb constitutes a recurring motif in Johns’s limited sculp- tural work, this is the only design in which the light bulb is suspended and represented in relief.
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Norton S. Walbridge 1991.14
Last Updated: 10/20/2014

Exhibition

This object was included in the following exhibitions:

The Walbridge Legacy The San Diego Museum of Art , 4/9/1988 - 5/29/1988

High Societies: San Diego Museum of Art , 5/26/2001 - 8/12/2001

Jasper Johns: Light Bulb Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego , 10/4/2008 - 4/12/2009

Newman in Context , 6/29/2013 - 9/8/2013

American: Art of the 20th Century San Diego Museum of Art , 1/18/2014 - 8/26/2014

American Visions: Place and Identity The San Diego Museum of Art , 10/18/2014 - 3/17/2015

Art of the 20th Century , 3/28/2015 - 8/16/2015

Art of the 20th Century San Diego Museum of Art , 7/23/2016 - 00/00/00

Bibliography

This object has the following bibliographic references:

Ms. Mary Stofflet. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1993
Page Number: 179

The Walbridge Legacy San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1988
Page Number: 60

The Walbridge Legacy San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1988
Page Number: 40, Figure Number: 40

Dr. Stephanie Hanor, Ph.D.. Jasper Johns: Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego. San Diego, California, 2008
Page Number: 66, 67, Figure Number: 66

Dr. Stephanie Hanor, Ph.D.. Jasper Johns: Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego. San Diego, California, 2008
Page Number: 89

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Monogram, Upper left:

Signature, Upper left:

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