Nov 16, 2021 - Sale 2588

Sale 2588 - Lot 165

Price Realized: $ 62,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 25,000 - $ 35,000
Flag (Moratorium).

Color offset lithograph on wove paper, 1969. 435x656 mm; 17 1/4x25 3/4 inches, full margins. Signed and numbered 127/300 in pencil, lower margin. Published by the Committee Against the War in Vietnam. A superb impression of this important print with strong colors.

Provenance: Acquired directly from Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, 1969, by the current owner; private collection, New York.

Johns (born 1930) created this image to commemorate the anti-war Moratorium Marches that occurred throughout the United States in the fall of 1969. Johns subverted the image of the American flag, combining an Agent Orange-esque hue and a sickly shade of green along with a bullet hole in order to draw attention to the violence and horror the United States had wrought upon Vietnam since the start of the war more than a decade earlier. ULAE S5.