American artist Jasper Johns (b. 1930) is best-known for two things: He was the first living artist to sell a painting for more than $1 million, and he painted the American flag hundreds of times. But, for Rutland artist Bill Ramage, the timing of his work parallels the world’s descent into nihilism, the destruction of its humanity.

“Sometimes I get choked up when I talk about this stuff,” Ramage said, discussing his current exhibit paying tribute to Johns at the B&G Gallery in Rutland.

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