Jasper Johns, ‘Flag’, Christie's

Jasper Johns (b. 1930)


signed, dedicated and dated 'for Ileana Jasper Johns Oct. '57' (lower right)

graphite on paper

8 3/4 x 5 3/4 in. (22.2 x 14.6 cm.)

Drawn in 1957.

Signature: signed, dedicated and dated 'for Ileana Jasper Johns Oct. '57' (lower right)

Princeton Art Museum, Princeton University; Austin, Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery, University of Texas and Minneapolis, Walker Art Center, Selections from the Ileana and Michael Sonnabend Collection: Works from the 1950s and 1960s, February 1985-March 1986, p. 53, no. 18 (illustrated).

Princeton University Art Museum, July 1986-March 2015 (on loan).

Institut Valencià d'Art Modern, Jasper Johns: the Traces of Memory, February-April 2011, pp. 68-69 (illustrated).

Philadelphia Museum of Art and London, Barbican Centre, Dancing Around the Bride: Cage, Cunningham, Johns, Rauschenberg and Duchamp, October 2012-June 2013, p. 394 (illustrated).

The Drawings of Jasper Johns, exh. cat., Washington D.C., National Gallery of Art, 1990, p. 60, no. 15 (illustrated).

The Estate of Ileana Sonnabend, acquired directly from the artist

By descent to the present owner

About Jasper Johns

Jasper Johns's ongoing stylistic and technical experimentation place him at the forefront of American art. His richly textured paintings of maps, flags, numbers, and targets laid the groundwork for Pop art, Minimalism, and Conceptual art. In New York in the 1950s, Johns was part of a community of artists, including Robert Rauschenberg, seeking an alternative to the emotional nature of Abstract Expressionism. Influenced by Marcel Duchamp, Johns's early work paired the concerns of craft with familiar concrete imagery. His interest in process also led to innovations in lithography, screen-printing, etching and woodblock, using such materials as pencil, pen, brush, crayon, wax, and plaster to constantly challenge the technical possibilities of printmaking.

American, b. 1930, Augusta, Georgia, based in New York, New York