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"MoMA moment: Flag" Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Tip by Tijavi


No Impressionistic notions, no Cubist compulsions, this is plain and simple patriotism - Jasper Johns' Flag. Made of newspaper strips and encaustic paint (a mixture of paint and molten wax), mounted on a piece of plywood, the painting can easily pass off as a real flag from a distance.

But looking at the painting closely, there are just 48 stars! Jasper Johns' Flag, completed in 1954, pre-dates the statehood of Alaska and Hawaii, both admitted to the Union in 1959.

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  • Updated Dec 18, 2011
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