Memorial Day: An Ode to Jasper Johns’ Flag

by Brandon Zech May 30, 2016


This Memorial Day, spend a few minutes reading about Jasper Johns’ monumental work Flag (1955):

Perhaps most obviously, Flag serves to question what a painting is, and how it is to be differentiated from the object it represents. Is Flag a painting or a flag, or both? Flag does not conclusively answer that question; instead, like so many of Johns’s creations it establishes a line of inquiry and asserts its significance for the practice and history of art.

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