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Today is America’s 236th birthday. Happy Independence Day to my family, friends and clients! THANK YOU to all who serve our country, and to all our fallen heroes. The painting below is one of my favorite works of art by American-born painter Jasper Johns. (MORE)

Flag, Jasper Johns (American, born 1930). 1954-55 (dated on reverse 1954). Encaustic, oil, and collage on fabric mounted on plywood, three panels, 42 1/4 x 60 5/8″ (107.3 x 153.8 cm). From the collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Gift of Philip Johnson in honor of Alfred H. Barr, Jr. © 2012 Jasper Johns / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY