Decoding Jasper Johns at the Broad

Jasper Johns is called the greatest living artist. He’s 87 years old. His work often goes for hundreds of millions of dollars. But Johns himself is famously elusive about his paintings and refuses to explain what his art means. So it’s up to critics, viewers, and writers to make sense of the artist’s work, and it’s not an easy task.

Jasper Johns in his studio in New York City in 1964.
© Bob Adelman Estate. 

The opening gallery for the Broad's new show is full of Jasper Johns'
most famous image: the American Flag. Photo: Pablo Enriquez.