Essential Tips for Collecting Jasper Johns Prints


Once a collector has their new Johns print, they’ll want to keep it in the same pristine condition in which it was purchased. A good frame, according to all the experts we spoke to, is absolutely essential. “Get archival framing,” advised Sheehan. While this can often cost somewhere in the thousand-dollar range, the investment is very worthwhile.

One should also be careful when deciding where to display the work. Humidity and direct sunlight are to be avoided at all costs—humidity causes brown spots, while sunlight will bleach all the color off of a print in no time. “Do not hang it over your air conditioner or dishwasher!” Griffith warned. Getting UV-protective plexiglass and/or having the frame hermetically sealed is also helpful. As for finding the perfect location to hang a print, Garfield suggested hallways or rooms where the shades are drawn. Collectors can also get special protective shades for their windows.

Regardless of where a collector chooses to hang their new Johns print, it’s a purchase that should bring a lot of satisfaction—not just from the piece itself, but also from the process of researching and finding it. “Johns would like people making the puzzle their own way,” mused Leibowitz.


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