Monday, September 11, 2006

Remember



Flag, 1954-55 by Jasper Johns, The Museum of Modern Art, New York/VAGA.

Johns representative artwork was a contrast to the work of the Abstract Expressionists before him. His re-worked images of everyday objects led the way for Pop Art.

3 comments:

slatts said...

What a fitting tribute to all-things american...

Anonymous said...

blah blah the flag-- over done.. and this guy is the poster boy for pretense.. holy cow.. the plainess and boredom of his so-called paintings.. good dgrief.

Anonymous said...

I think you are completely missing the point of this work. During the 50's the flag was certainly not "over done" as you say. In fact it had NEVER been. In this work Jasper Johns is NOT making on comment on the greatness of America, in fact he's saying nothing at all. It is complete and utter attack on abstract expressionism that at the time was so popular and praised. Abstract Expressionism was about the artist as genius in which they poured their emotions and personality into their action paintings. Jasper Johns flag is completely void of this. It says absolutely nothing about the artist, who he was or how he felt. It does not make a political or social statement. His choice of such a common symbol as the American flag serves to heighten the banality of it all. Anyone could do it, anyone could be an artist. They did not have to be a tortured genius like Jackson Pollock. This painting is about nothing, an idea that has its roots in Dada (hence why this is called Neo-Dada). It is not a tribute to all things American. It is an attack on the most popular artistic style in America at the time.

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