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Jasper Johns – Flag (Moratorium)

Jasper Johns, Flag (Moratorium) is an original lithograph made in 1969.  It is signed in pencil in the lower right margin, and numbered from the edition of 300 in the lower left margin.  There is printed text in the bottom right corner which reads: “© Jasper Johns, 1969.”  Commissioned by Leo Castelli.  Published by the Committee Against the War in Vietnam.

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 the stars, to the deathly green Army camouflage of the stripes, to the singular white bullet hole in the center. Initially a patriotic image, this work subverts the power of the American government and encapsulates the political feelings of the time. Additionally, this work shows Jasper John’s fixture and exploration of optical illusions. By focusing on the center white dot for 60 seconds and then looking away at a blank white wall, the viewer should see the familiar color scheme of the American flag.

Title

Flag (Moratorium)

Medium

Lithograph in Colors

Year

1969

Edition

300

Signature

Signed, numbered

Size 20.5 x 28.5 (in)
52 x 72 (cm)
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Jasper Johns, Flag (Moratorium) is an original lithograph made in 1969.  It is signed in pencil in the lower right margin, and numbered from the edition of 300 in the lower left margin.  There is printed text in the bottom right corner which reads: “© Jasper Johns, 1969.”  Commissioned by Leo Castelli.  Published by the Committee Against the War in Vietnam.

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 the stars, to the deathly green Army camouflage of the stripes, to the singular white bullet hole in the center. Initially a patriotic image, this work subverts the power of the American government and encapsulates the political feelings of the time. Additionally, this work shows Jasper John’s fixture and exploration of optical illusions. By focusing on the center white dot for 60 seconds and then looking away at a blank white wall, the viewer should see the familiar color scheme of the American flag.

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Title

Flag (Moratorium)

Medium

Lithograph in Colors

Year

1969

Edition

300

Signature

Signed, numbered

Size 20.5 x 28.5 (in)
52 x 72 (cm)
Price Price on Request