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The Politics of Jasper Johns’s Gray American Flags

Guerin, Frances (2021) The Politics of Jasper Johns’s Gray American Flags. In: Wagner, Anne and Marusek, Sarah, eds. Flags, Color, and the Legal Narrative: Public Memory, Identity, and Critique. Law and Visual Jurisprudence . Springer, pp. 621-636. ISBN 978-3-030-32864-1. E-ISBN 978-3-030-32865-8. (doi:10.1007/978-3-030-32865-8_29) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:78184)

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Abstract

This chapter examines Jasper Johns’s Flag paintings. It argues, contrary to the prevailing critical assumption that the flags are aesthetic objects without reference beyond the art work, the narrative of art history and John’s oeuvre, that they have a political and ideological dimension. In particular, Johns’s flags engage with the iconic and historical significance of the American flag through exposing the transience and multiplicity of its meanings for the spectator. The chapter underlines the tensions and contentions invested in Johns’s flags through analysis of the artist’s use of gray paint.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/978-3-030-32865-8_29
Uncontrolled keywords: Jasper Johns, Painting, American ideology, Gray, Art history
Subjects: N Visual Arts > ND Painting
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of Arts > Centre for Film, Media and Cultural Research
Depositing User: Frances Guerin
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2019 16:50 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2021 10:54 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/78184 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Guerin, Frances: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1283-8153
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