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Jasper Johns

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Jasper Johns Neo-Dada Art

Jasper Johns is an American painter, sculptor and printmaker whose work is associated with abstract expressionism, Neo-Dada, and pop art.

His work is often described as Neo-Dadaist, as opposed to pop art, even though his subject matter often includes images and objects from popular culture. Still, many compilations on pop art include Jasper Johns as a pop artist because of his artistic use of classical iconography.

Early works were composed using simple schema such as flags, maps, targets, letters and numbers.

Johns' treatment of the surface is often lush and painterly; he is famous for incorporating such media as encaustic and plaster relief in his paintings.

Johns played with and presented opposites, contradictions, paradoxes, and ironies.

Neo-Dadaists like Johns focus to create meaning solely through the use of conventional symbols.

"I think a painting should include more experience than simply intended statement." - Jasper Johns

Here we have a gay artist who has been making art dealing patriotism since the late 1950s and in the current turmoil of minorities working out who they are in a Trump led America I think his work is very important to celebrate.

His work creates a dialogue between the viewer and their cultural context through his artistic exploration of how people see the things around them.

In today’s political-social structure what do you see in the American flag?

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