Consuming America
 

"If this is modern art, I quit!"
- Anonymous observer of Rauschenberg combine

 
Visual Analysis/Museum Paper due on Blackboard!
Jasper Johns, Map, 1961.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Rauschenberg, Mother of God, c. 1950.

 

Awesome visual description of the work!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parade Hoboken New Jersey

Robert Frank, Parade, Hoboken, New Jersey, 1955 - 1956.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flag

Jasper Johns, Flag, 1954 - 1955.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

patriotic = having or expressing devotion to and vigorours support for one's country
 
Alberto Vargas American Pin-Up
German Pin-Up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

encaustic = a painting medium in which pigment is suspended in hot wax

Flag
Jasper Johns, Flag (detail),  1954-1955.
Jasper Johns in his studio with Flag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flag

Why is this a work of art?
Why is this a flag?
The critic Robert Rosenblum asked of Flag, "Is it blasphemous or respectful, simple-minded or recondite?"
 
In 1958, Alaska and Hawaii became states, making this flag obsolete
 
Jasper Johns, Flag, 1954 - 1955.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"[Johns's] Flag is full of stories. Under its soft, waxy, rough-smooth surface are headlines and stories clipped out of newspapers, barely visible in reproduction. In the gallery, the stories are dimly read through ghostly suspensions of white between the red bars. Their spectral presence suggests that under the surface of the flag's simple iconic presence are complicated lives, happenings and secrets. The simple banner conceals untold possibilities. For us, looking at this Flag may be a reminder of what ought to be obvious: that nations, like individuals, cannot be summed up easily." - John Sheridan
Flag
Flag
Jasper Johns, Flag (detail), 1954 - 1955.
Jasper Johns, Flag (detail), 1954 - 1955.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flag

Fourth of July Jay New York

Jasper John, Flag, 1954-1955.
Robert Frank, Fourth of July - Jay, New York, 1955-1956.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

semiotics = the study of signs, symbols and how meaning is constructed

Numbers in Colour

 
Signifier (image or word) + signified (concept, object or emotion) = sign (whole)
 "a - p - p - l - e" + apple= apple
 
Relationship between the signifier and the signified is conventional – it is always dependent on social and cultural conventions
Therefore, the relationship between the signifier and the signified (the sign) is always arbitrary
 

Jasper Johns, Numbers in Colour, 1959.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Semiotics for Beginners

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White Flag

Jasper Johns, White Flag, 1955.

 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art bought White Flag for $20 millon, purchased directly from the artist, in 1998.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White Flag

Jasper Johns, White Flag (detail), 1955.