Born in South Carolina, his work is often described as a Neo-Dadaist, as opposed to
pop art, even though his subject matter often includes images and objects from popular
culture. Still, many compilations on pop art include Jasper Johns as
a pop artist because of his artistic use of classical iconography. Johns neutralized the
subject, so that something like a pure painted surface could declare itself. For twenty years
after Johns painted Flag, the surface could suffice – for example, in Andy Warhol's
silkscreens, or in Robert Irwin's illuminated ambient works.