Jasper Johns, Untitled, 2013. Published by Art in America as a free insert in the May issue.

April 22, 2014 @ Christie's New York

Jasper Johns fans and print enthusiasts gathered at Christie's New York last night to celebrate the artist, who contributed an untitled offset lithograph that appears as a free insert in the May issue of A.i.A., sponsored by the auction house.

In attendance were print-world luminaries such as David Platzker, curator, and Judith B. Hecker, assistant curator, in the prints and drawings department at New York's Museum of Modern Art; Richard Solomon, head of Pace Prints; and dealer Susan Lorence. Also on the scene were Stacy Stark, executive director of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, founded in 1963 by Johns along with composer John Cage, and Jacqueline Tran, a director at Matthew Marks Gallery, which represents Johns.

On display as the revelers made merry were the 200-plus works that will go on the block today and tomorrow in the prints and multiples auction at Christie's Rockefeller Center salesroom. Among them were works by Johns as well as Warhol, Freud, Bacon, Richter, Picasso, Judd and others. "Be sure to watch for the results," Christie's associate print specialist Libia Elena Nahas told A.i.A.; they always serve as a bellwether for the upcoming Impressionist, modern, postwar and contemporary sales, she said.

Special thanks to our sponsors, who provided the beverages. Maestro Dobel supplied the tequila; celebrants also sipped Tito's Handmade Vodka, beers from 16 Mile Brewery and sparkling water from Perrier.