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Jasper Johns' decision more than 60 years ago to paint a picture of an American flag launched what became one of the most heralded artistic careers of modern times.From there, the exhibition goes on to display more than 100 other works, filling gallery after gallery and ranging from paintings and drawings to bronze and metal sculptures to an array of stunning multimedia creations.The works span over six decades and compose what Broad officials say is one of the largest retrospectives assembled for the 87-year-old artist, whose work helped launch the pop art movement and later merged it with conceptualism, abstract expressionism and other forms.Although Johns, who lives in Connecticut, hasn't seen it and museum officials don't know if he will, Broad co-curator Ed Schad says the artist was intimately involved in its assemblage.Like Andy Warhol, Ed Ruscha and other contemporaries, Johns took art in a different direction in the 1950s and early '60s with his decision to focus on intricately detailed, finely crafted interpretations of everyday objects.Included is Johns' stunning orange-green-and-black rendition, created in 1969 .
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