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JASPER JOHNS

Flags I (ULAE 128)

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JASPER JOHNS
Flags I (ULAE 128)
screenprint in colors, 1973, on JB Green, signed and dated in pencil, annotated 'I' and numbered 42/65 (there were also 7 artist's proofs) co-published by the artist and with the Simca Print Artists, Inc. blindstamp, New York, the full sheet (printed to one side), in excellent condition, framed
S. 27½ x 35 3/8 in. (698 x 899 mm.)
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Lot Essay

Flags I, from 1973 is based directly on a painting of double vertical flags which Johns produced in the same year. Using a photograph of the painting as a guide Johns, working with Hiroshi Kawanishi and others at Simca Print Artists, created a masterpiece of the screenprinting medium using 31 separate screens. The dominant red white and blue color scheme also includes elements of orange, green and grey which articulate the surface. The original painting was half encaustic and half oil paint, so to produce that effect, the artist added varnish to the inks used for printing the right half of the flag.
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