Flag, 2012

Jasper Johns painted Flag between 1954 and 1955.

Jean-Luc Daval’s a little sketchy on Jasper Johns,which is odd when you consider Johns’ importance in the history of painting. Perhaps he wasn’t in 1989 (but I’m pretty sure he was).

Anyway, Flag is the painting Jasper Johns is best known for. It’s a mixed media (encaustic, oil and collage on canvas) piece which uses the stars and stripes for its basic design. It doesn’t reproduce well in art books or on the web, but  it’s a very subtle work.

You can find a reproduction of the work here.

Wikipedia has this to say about his work: “Johns’ breakthrough move, which was to inform much later work by others, was to appropriate popular iconography for painting, thus allowing a set of familiar associations to answer the need for subject. Though the Abstract Expressionists disdained subject matter, it could be argued that in the end, they had simply changed subjects. Johns neutralized the subject, so that something like a pure painted surface could declare itself.”

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I’m doing a few posts (and photographs), with titles taken from Jean-Luc Daval’s History of Abstract Painting.

As usual, thanks to John Pindar and Deanne who set this whole titling thing in motion. And to my collaborator Richard over at CK Ponderings with whom I have completed eight collaborations. The latest can be seen on Richard’s blog. Number nine is imminent!