We’re thinking about artist Jasper Johns today, on Flag Day, because throughout his career he has painted numerous flags. Johns was born in Augusta, GA, in 1930, but was raised in South Carolina, near Columbia and Sumter. He attended a few semesters at University of South Carolina before moving to New York to pursue a career in art. Although he remained in NY, the South often claims Johns. Interestingly, the Greenville County Museum of Art (GCMA) in Greenville, SC, actually has quite a large collection of works by Jasper Johns.
Currently, the GCMA has an exhibition of both prints and original paintings by Johns on view, drawn from their extensive holdings. This exhibition includes a variety of works, including some of the imagery Johns’ has become known for, such as borrowed objects, targets, and of course, flags.
The GCMA’s collection is focused on Southern American art from colonial times to the present, including 18th century pastel portraits, Civil War vistas, American Impressionism, Abstract Expressionism, contemporary works, and more. In addition to the extensive Jasper Johns’ collection, the museum also has the largest public collection of works by Andrew Wyeth in the world. Visit the museum Wednesday – Saturday from 10am-6pm and Sundays from 1-5pm. Ok, so you can’t actually visit on Flag Day since they are closed on Tuesdays, but we are putting this museum on our summer road trip list and so should you! (Did we mention admission is free?)