Jasper Johns returned to New York from military service in defeated Japan in 1951. There he painted “Flag”, the first of his flag paintings, in 1954/55. To describe the art of Jasper Johns, which began with this work, is a difficult undertaking. It seems almost absurd that the image of a flag could be the focus of art theoretical considerations for years to come.
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The Masterworks series is a treasure trove of art. Each ten-minute program focuses on an individual painting, with a rich visual survey accompanied by an authoritative voice-over commentary. The selection of works, from galleries on both sides of the Atlantic, covers a broad spectrum of art from the earliest European masterpieces to contemporary works, introducing the unfamiliar and rediscovering the well-loved.
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