Watch: Jasper Johns, Flag

July 04, 2017

 It seems appropriate that on the 4th of July holiday in America, we look at one of America's most famous images, Jasper Johns's "Flag, 1954-55." The video shares a conversation between Salman Khan and Steven Zucker about Johns's work, which includes this reflections from the artist:

"One night I dreamed I painted a large American flag, and the next morning I got up and I went out and bought the materials to begin it. And I did. I worked on that painting a long time. It's a very rotten painting—physically rotten—because I began it in house enamel paint, which you paint furniture with, and it wouldn't dry quickly enough. Then I had in my head this idea of something I had read or heard about: wax encaustic. " --Jasper Johns