Jaspar Johns’ Flags

Jaspar Johns flag

From Mind/Mirror exhibit, Whitney Museum of American Art

Three Flags, Jaspar Johns, 1958

Johns has made more than 40 paintings of flags.

White Flag, Jaspar Johns, 1955

Johns first American flag painting was done in 1954, two years after he was honorably discharged from the Army.

Flag above white with collage, Jasper Johns, 1955

Before painting his first flag in 1954, Johns destroyed all of his previous works of art.

Flags, Jasper Johns, 1965

Johns claims that the idea of painting the American flag came to him in a dream.

Jasper Johns flag

Johns has never given any indication that there is any symbolism or political implications in his various depictions of the American flag.

Two flags, Jasper Johns
Jasper Johns flag
Jasper Johns flags
Ventriloquist, Jasper Johns
Whitney poster, Jasper Johns flags
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6 Responses to Jaspar Johns’ Flags

  1. A.P. says:

    Fascinating.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. jmankowsky says:

    I’ve long been intrigued by these flags. Interestingly, I had read that the “political” statement was that, although the flags look beautiful from afar, up close you see the scars and mysterious holes in the flags.
    ???
    Julie

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  3. Donna Janke says:

    Interesting. I’d not heard of Jaspar John before. Although he never gave any indication that there is any symbolism or political implications in his various depictions of the American flag, I have to think there must be some.

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  4. I love the painting of the three flags, one on top of the other. I never heard of Jasper Johns before I googled him and found some interesting information about him. Thank you for sharing this. I like learning new things.

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