Who is Jasper Johns?
Johns is one of the most influential American painters of the twentieth century. He was born in 1930 in Augusta, Georgia, and emerged on the art scene in the 1950s. He is often associated with abstract expressionism, neo-Dada and the Pop art movement. He is widely known for his iconic images of flags, targets, maps and light bulbs. “One night I dreamed that I painted a large American flag,” Johns has said, “and the next morning I got up and I went out and bought the materials to begin it.” On November 11, 2014, a 1983 version of Flag was auctioned at Sotheby's in New York for $36 million, establishing a new auction record for the artist. influential inspiring, powerful, significant / iconic emblematic, famous / to auction to sell by auction = a public sale at which goods are sold to the highest bidder.