Jasper Johns, ‘Two Flags (Whitney Museum of American Art 50th Anniversary)’, 1979-1980, Heritage Auctions
Jasper Johns, ‘Two Flags (Whitney Museum of American Art 50th Anniversary)’, 1979-1980, Heritage Auctions

In 1980, Jasper Johns returned to the flag as a subject in his printmaking to create a commemorative lithograph for the Whitney Museum of American Art's 50th anniversary. He selected the subject in part due to the anniversary gift to the museum of the artist's encaustic on canvas painting Three Flags from 1958. —Courtesy of Heritage Auctions

Signature: Signed and dated.

Publisher: Stony Johns, Inc., and Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles

ULAE, 207.

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