Three Flags (1958)
Note in response to my more alert star-counting blog followers:
In 1958 (date of art work above) there were still only 48 states!
Jasper Johns, a native of South Carolina, moved to New York City in 1953 after a stint in the Army, in search of a career in the arts. Within ten years he was considered the greatest living American artist. He rebelled against the abstract expressionist movement of the time, deciding to paint ordinary, recognizable objects, such as flags and numerals.
Johns became increasingly reclusive and eventually moved to an estate in Sharon, Connecticut, where he lives to this day. He has another home on the island of Saint Martin. Rauschenberg died in 2008.
On February 15, 2011, Jasper Johns received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama, becoming the first painter or sculptor to receive a Presidential Medal of Freedom since Alexander Calder in 1977.