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Jasper Johns Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom
February 17, 2011

Jasper Johns

Jasper Johns's Souvenir

Jasper Johns, one of our favorite artists renowned for his paintings and printmaking, received the Medal of Freedom Tuesday night from President Obama. At eighty years old, Johns is perhaps best known for his images of targets and the American flag. Johns referred to these recognizable objects that became the source and inspiration for his work as "things the mind already knows." He was born in Augusta, Georgia, in a place "with no artists and little art." From that world he created his own, and became a force in the post World War II art world in this country, straddling both abstract expressionism and pop art.

Posted by Howard on February 17, 2011 in American Art Everywhere, American Art Here


Please explain what is now considered fine art? Have new ways of making art affected the perception of "fine art"? Are we seeing more about Visual Arts as opposed to the idea of Fine Art? Our regional art organization is trying to update the types of art accepted in competition, due to a shift in ways of art-making.

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