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Courtesy Walker Art Center
Rights
Art © Jasper Johns/VAGA, New York, NY
Title
Flag
Artist
Jasper Johns
Date
1969
Dimensions
17.25 × 23.25 × 1.5625 inches
Materials
embossed lead
Location
Not on view

Object Details

Type
Mixed Media (Multiples)
Accession Number
1985.673
Edition
Gemini II from an edition of 60
Inscriptions
incised in lead LR “J. Johns 60 - ‘60”; incised in lead LL “Gemini II”
Physical Description
An image of a U.S. flag embossed in sheet lead.
Printer
Kenneth Tyler
Credit Line
Gift of Kenneth E. Tyler, 1985

object label Jasper Johns, Light Bulb and Flag (1969) Walker Art Center, 1999

Lead section? Bronze junk? Glove? Glass? Ruler? Brush? Title? Neg. female fig.? Dog? Make a newspaper of lead or sculpmetal? Impressions? Metal paper bag? Profile? Duchamp (?)–Jasper Johns, sketchbook notes, 1965

Working with Kenneth Tyler at the print workshop Gemini G.E.L., Jasper Johns experimented with embossing techniques, producing this unusual series of lead reliefs. To create them, Johns first made models formed of wax and plaster. He cast them in aluminum and plastic, over which thin sheets of lead were molded, using a hydraulic embossing press. The sheets were then mounted on polystyrene, and the surface of each was specially cleaned to permit natural oxidation to take place over time. These reliefs are reexaminations of symbols the artist had previously investigated, including such favorite subjects as the flag.

Walker solo exhibition: Jasper Johns: Printed Symbols, 1980

Label text for Jasper Johns, Light Bulb and Flag (1969), from the exhibition Art in Our Time: 1950 to the Present, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, September 5, 1999 to September 2, 2001.

Copyright 1999 Walker Art Center