Quote of Note | Philip Johnson


From left: Andy Warhol, David Whitney, Philip Johnson, John Dalton, and Robert A. M. Stern in the Glass House in a 1964 photo by David McCabe and Jasper Johns’ “Flag” of 1954-55 (Jasper Johns / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY)

“He was an eighteen-year-old or something. He was a student up at RISD….We met because of [Jasper] Johns’ flag painting. He said, ‘Why did you buy that flag?’ It was his first question to me in the world. He just came up to me after a lecture [at Brown University] and said, ‘Why did you buy the flag?’ I said, ‘Because Alfred Barr told me to.’ I told the truth too soon, as usual. So then we got started.”

Philip Johnson on meeting David Whitney, who would go on to be his partner for 45 years, in The Philip Johnson Tapes: Interviews by Robert A.M. Stern, edited by Kazys Varnelis (Monacelli)