29 1/2 x 17 3/4 in. (74.9 x 45.1 cm)
Medium and Support:
Color etching with spit bite aquatint, sugar lift, soft ground, and drypoint
Given in memory of Dorothee Schwartz by her family and friends, and Marion Stratton Gould Fund
Location: Not currently on view
Dorothee Schwartz, in whose memory this print was given, was one of MAG’s most dedicated patrons. A 1930 graduate of the University of Rochester, she no doubt began her relationship with MAG as an undergraduate on the Prince Street campus. Her connoisseur’s spirit was evident in the home she designed with architect James Johnson and which she furnished with work by School for American Crafts artists.
When she died in 2000, her family and friends wished to commemorate her long relationship with MAG with an acquisition that Dorothee would have found visually engaging and challenging. This complex print by Jasper Johns is part of his Catenary series, a group of works that are unified by the catenary, a curved form created when a string or chain is suspended at both ends.
[Label text from It Came From the Vault exhibition, 2013]