From Mind/Mirror exhibit, Whitney Museum of American Art
Johns has made more than 40 paintings of flags.
Johns first American flag painting was done in 1954, two years after he was honorably discharged from the Army.
Before painting his first flag in 1954, Johns destroyed all of his previous works of art.
Johns claims that the idea of painting the American flag came to him in a dream.
Johns has never given any indication that there is any symbolism or political implications in his various depictions of the American flag.