Portrait of Jasper Johns
Signed with the artist’s initials and dated ‘RD 80’ (lower right)
graphite on paper
10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.3 cm.)
Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, New York, acquired directly from the artist
Acquired from the above by Camilla and Earl McGrath 1980 until 2017
J. Livingston and A. Liguori, eds., Richard Diebenkorn: The Catalogue Raisonné, Volume Four: Catalogue Entries 3762-5197, p. 285, no. 4389 (illustrated).
New York, Leo Castelli Gallery, Benefit Exhibition for the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, November 29–December 20, 1980
In 1980, while attending a party at the home of Camilla and Earl McGrath, Jasper Johns asked Richard Diebenkorn to donate a work to the upcoming Foundation of Contemporary Performance Arts benefit exhibition. In response, Diebenkorn drew two sketches of Johns himself, which were subsequently sold at Leo Castelli Gallery later that year.