The challenge was to create a book that was respectful of Johns’ position as a modern master but also thoughtfully fresh in its perspective on his more recent work. The catalogue is 152 pages, hardcover, with a jacket. The jacket is a full-size reproduction of a Johns print, folded to reveal the book title and jacket blurb. The book is divided into three sections—front matter and essays (1 color on warm white uncoated), plate section (4 color plus spot varnish on matte bright white), back matter (1 color on warm white uncoated). The material changes between the sections reinforcing the structure of the book: the heavily annotated background essays with black and white illustrations versus the white, gallery-like space of the plate section. The typography throughout is understated (one font, two weights, two point sizes) and the grid is in keeping with a classically modern approach.
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