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Jasper Johns 1930 - present Personal Jasper Johns raised in Allendale South Carolina has always wanted to be an artist since his earliest memories He is known today as an aspirating painter sculptor and printmaker Jasper Johns became one of Americas best-known post-Abstract Expressionists and Minimalists His name is most associated with pictorial images of American Flags Early Life Jasper Johns was born in 1930 in Augusta Georgia Although born in Georgia he was raised in Allendale South Carolina As a young boy Jasper has had an admiration for art Jaspers hometown had no artists or art as he recalls He felt in an awkward situation but loved art too much to let his dream go Jaspers education in art was limited while attending his hometown schools He later was accepted to the University of South Carolina where he attended two years In 1949 he moved to New York City but was drafted into the army Upon returning to New York City he began to experiment painting American Flags He completed his first flag picture in 1954 and soon had his first one-man exhibition at the Leo Castelli Gallery in New York City Major Contributions to Society Although widely known for his work with the American Flag Jasper Johns also in known for his alphabet subjects sculptures and lithographs At that first exhibition in 1958 the Museum of Modern Art purchased three pieces making it clear that at Johns was to become a major force in the art world Thirty years later his paintings sold for more than any living artist in history The modern art community was searching for new ideas to succeed the pure emotionality of the Abstract Expressionists Johns paintings invited both the fury and praise of critics Johns early work combined a serious concern for the craft of painting with an everyday almost ridiculous subject matter It was a new experience for gallery goers to find paintings
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