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This work remains one of the most captivating and powerful images of the anti-Vietnam war movement. The image was commissioned to commemorate the anti-war Moratorium Marches that occurred in the fall of 1969 throughout the US. This work symbolizes the horrors of the Vietnam war; from the Agent Orange-esque coloring of …

Medium
Signature
Signed and numbered in pencil.
Publisher
The Committee Against the War in Vietnam
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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.

High auction record
$36.0m, Sotheby's, 2014
Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
Selected exhibitions
2019
Jasper Johns: Recent Paintings & Works on PaperMatthew Marks Gallery
2018
Fragment According to WhatGemini G.E.L. at Joni Moisant Weyl
2017
PrintsGalerie Lelong & Co.
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Flag (Moratorium), 1969

Offset lithograph in colors on wove paper
20 1/2 × 28 1/2 in
52.1 × 72.4 cm
Edition 64/300
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This work remains one of the most captivating and powerful images of the anti-Vietnam war movement. …

Medium
Signature
Signed and numbered in pencil.
Publisher
The Committee Against the War in Vietnam
Image rights
Courtesy of Heritage Auctions

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.

High auction record
$36.0m, Sotheby's, 2014
Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
Selected exhibitions (3)
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