Jasper Johns⁣ Three Flags ⁣ 1958⁣ “What we love most about

5/31/2021, 1:31:40 PM
Jasper Johns⁣ Three Flags ⁣ 1958⁣ “What we love most about this painting is its ambiguity. Johns believed in using “things the mind already knows” as subjects in his work, as a reaction to Abstract Expressionism, which featured no recognizable subjects. However, the American flag, as recognizable as it is, can hold many different meanings and symbols. Furthermore, since Johns painted with hot wax, the smallest flag on this artwork sticks out five inches from the canvas! Johns thus invites his audience to ask, “What is a painting? What does the American flag mean here? What is its purpose as a symbol and an object?” In fact, he encouraged strong audience reaction, claiming that:⁣ “I have no ideas about what the paintings imply about the world. I don’t think that’s a painter’s business. He just paints paintings without a conscious reason.””⁣ (Whitney Museum)⁣ #paintings #painting #artlovers #famousartists #famousart #artlegends #masterpieceart #artmasterpieces #thearts #everythingart #arteverything #artislife #artislife e🎨 #dailyart #fineart #arthistorian #arthistorynerd #arthistory #historyofart #artlove #jasperjohnspainting #jasperjohns #threeflags #memorialday

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