Jasper Johns

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Three Flags, 1960
Pencil on board, 28.6 x 41.9 cm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Hannelore B. and Rudolph B. Schulhof Collection, bequest of Hannelore B. Schulhof, 2012
© Jasper Johns, by SIAE 2012

This work is based on Johns’ celebrated painting Three Flags (1958, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York), which takes a familiar American icon, the flag, as its subject. Johns transforms this national symbol into an object of visual perception and art-making, suggesting that any item can be constantly re-interpreted. Here he explores the motive in grey, his favorite color, pondering if grey is a color or, as Johns claims, its absence.

credits: Hangar Design Group