In this episode of Masterworks, and in honor of the 4th of July, we take a look back at Jasper Johns ‘Flag’ from 1983, which achieved over $36 million in Sotheby’s November 2014 Contemporary Art Evening Auction. For Johns, arguably one of the most important artists of the 20th century, the American flag was a vehicle through which he explored how an image is constructed. He famously said, "using the design of the American flag took care of a great deal for me because I didn’t have to design it. So I went on to similar things like the targets—things the mind already knows. That gave me room to work on other levels.” Discover more Masterworks sold at Sotheby’s.
The Enduring Power of Jasper Johns' Iconic Flag
New York | July 2018