Hello beach goers! Here is something for you to read as you sit in traffic. America!
In 1954, Jasper Johns accomplished what I understand to be "The Great American Dream." as he slept, he dreamt of a flag. (that's what the phrase refers to right??)
Because he was from a nation (U.S.A.) of do-ers, he got up and painted it. From a city (New York) of over-achieving ambitious loonies, he kept of doing it for the next six years.
All painted in thick lush encaustic, Johns problematized the object. Is it a flag, or is it painting?
In 1980 the Whitney spent one miiiiiillliiiooonn dollars on THREE FLAGS. It was the highest price ever paid for the work of a living artist. Now if you'd like one, you'll need about 29 times as much cash monies.
Ps. Sorry Hawaii and Alaska, johns was painting before you guys got your stars.