Art Brokerage: Jasper Johns American Artist: b. 1930. American Artist, Painter, sculptor, and printmaker, Jasper Johns became one of America's best-known post-Abstract Expressionists and Minimalists. Jasper John's name is most associated with pictorial images of flags and numbers, Pop-Art subjects that Jasper Johns depicted in Minimalist style with emphasis on linearity, repetition, and symmetry. Jasper Johns completed his first flag painting in 1955, alphabet subjects in 1956, sculpture in 1958, and lithographs in 1960. Unlike Abstract Expressionism, these signature works seem removed from the artist's emotions. They are modernist in that they lack traditional perspective, focusing on interrelationships of color and shapes, but are realist in that they have recognizable subject matter. Jasper Johns U. S. flag paintings are credited as key in the development of Minimal Art in that the focus of these pieces was their linearity and uniformity with de-emphasis on the unique creative talents of the artist. For Jasper Johns, major influences on this Minimalist style were his friendships with dancer Merce Cunningham, composer John Cage, and artist Robert Rauschenberg.
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