encaustic and collage on canvas, Framed: 89.20 x 145.80 x 4.50 cm (35 1/16 x 57 3/8 x 1 3/4 inches); Unframed: 86.40 x 45.70 cm (34 x 17 15/16 inches). Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1993.109
Usuyuki is a Japanese word meaning thin or light snow and, indeed, the painting's subtle colors and intricate patterns, with their suggestions of movement, recall the drift of falling snowflakes. Johns's method of painting at this time involved cutting strips of newspaper and covering them with a mixture of pigment and beeswax, called encaustic. After applying this mixture to the canvas, Johns pressed circular and rectangular cans into the surface to create visible imprints throughout the image.
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC: The 36th Biennale Exhibition of Contermporary American Painting, February 24th-April 8th, 1979, cat. no. 11.
Venice, Italy: Jasper Johns: Works Since 1974, June 26-September 30th, 1988 and Philadelphia Museum of Art, October 23, 1988-January 1989, cat. no. 6.
NY: The Museum of Modern Art. "Jasper Johns: A Retrospective" October 20, 1996-January 21, 1997. no. 165, p. 295.
MOCA Cleveland (6/9/2006 - 8/20/2006): "The Persistence of Geometry: Form, Content and Culture in the Collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art", no. 115, p. 122, color repr. p. 98.