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JASPER JOHNS. By Valeria Parodi. HIS LIFE. Jasper Johns was born in May 15 th , 1930 in Augusta, Georgia, and from the age of 5 he knew he wanted to be a artist. He studied at the University of South Carolina from 1947 to 1948.

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jasper johns


By Valeria Parodi

his life
  • Jasper Johns was born in May 15th, 1930 in Augusta, Georgia, and from the age of 5 he knew he wanted to be a artist.
  • He studied at the University of South Carolina from 1947 to 1948.
  • He then moved to New York and studied briefly at Parsons School of Design in 1949.
  • In 1952 he was drafted in the army and stationed in Japan during the Korean War.
  • In 1958 Leo Castelli discovered Jasper in Robert Rauschenberg’s studio.
his work
  • His earliest and most famous work if the Flag (1954) which he painted after having a dream of the American Flag.
  • After his American Flag painting he started painting targets, numbers and letters.
  • His most famous target painting is Target with Four Faces.
more of his work
  • From the 1950’s into the 1960’s, Johns made paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints that presented commonplace, two-dimensional objects with absolute objectivity and precision
  • Flags, targets, number sequences, letters of the alphabet, and maps were painted in either bright colors of red, blue, yellow, orange and green, or monochrome lead gray.
  • His work often is described as Neo-Dadaist but he is also included in pop art because of the of classical iconography used in his paintings
  • At the end of the 1960’s, Johns painted stenciled words and objects with more fluid brushstrokes and a wider palette.
  • In the ‘crosshatch’ paintings of the 1970’s, Johns used pale colors applied in parallel brushstrokes and in the 1980’s he introduced figural elements in an autobiographical series of paintings and prints.
  • The Map resembles the kind of pull-down map found in a 20th-century classroom.
  • This work was painted in 1961, the year President John F. Kennedy took office following the calm 1950s. The civil rights movement was just beginning; the Berlin Wall bad been built; the cold war with Russia was escalating
  • This painting might be suggesting that we take a new look at our changing country

The Map


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Figure 7



Three Flags

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